Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/14/12
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic got a big game from an unheralded set of reserves Friday night, riding to a 99-85 victory over the previously red-hot Golden State Warriors. The Magic (9-13) remain the only Eastern Conference team to beat the Warriors (15-8) this season, doing it for the second time in 11 days. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Warriors, who had beaten Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte and Miami on their current road trip. The Magic were led by reserves J.J. Redick with 16 points, Andrew Nicholson with 15 points and nine rebounds, and E'Twaun Moore with 15 points. The Warriors were led by veteran David Lee, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds, his sixth consecutive game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry had 25 points. The Magic, who have been hurt by poor starts this season, dominated from the beginning with good ball movement and a stifling defense. The Warriors never got closer than nine points in the second half. The Magic led 51-35 at intermission and smothered the Warriors early. Nicholson, the rookie from St. Bonaventure, had 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in the first half. Lee had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the first two quarters, but the Warriors made only 15 of 52 shots (28.8 percent) before halftime. It was just the second time in the past 12 games that the Magic led after the first quarter. Notes: Warriors coach Mark Jackson was in a somber mood before the game, reflecting on President Obama's televised remarks in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. "It leaves you speechless. A tragedy. It's a sad day for all of us, seeing the president teary-eyed," Jackson said. "It affects all of us." ... The Warriors are off to their best start since 1991-92, having won 15 of their first 22 games for just the second time in 45 years. ... David Lee came into Friday's game as the first Warriors player to have at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in six consecutive road games since Nate Thurmond in 1972. ... Magic veteran Hedo Turkoglu is getting closer to a return after surgery on Nov. 3 to repair a broken left hand, sustained the day before in the Magic opener. He had his cast removed and he is doing ball-handling drills with both hands.
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