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J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic hold off the Golden State Warriors 99-85 on Friday night.
The Magic led by as many as 20 before having their lead trimmed to 10 points late. But they connected on nine 3-pointers to help secure the win. Andrew Nicholson added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The victory snaps a four-game home losing streak for the Magic, who have won eight of their past nine against the Warriors.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 25 points and David Lee had 24.
Golden State had its five-game win streak ended. The Warriors conclude their seven-game road trip Saturday in Atlanta.
The Warriors cut Orlando's 16-point halftime lead to nine late in the third quarter, before watching the Magic make three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run to push it 20.
Orlando's hot shooting carried into the fourth and helped it fend off a late Warriors' run that cut the Magic's lead to 93-83 with less than three minutes to play.
But the Warriors scored just two points the rest of the way.
Two nights after leading his team in scoring during their narrow win at Miami, Golden State guard Klay Thompson was relegated to the bench early in the first quarter Friday after picking up two quick fouls.
That stunted the Warriors offensive momentum, and when Thompson got back into the game in the second quarter, it was his shot that failed him. He was held scoreless in the opening 24 minutes, missing all five of his field goal attempts.
Lee carried Golden State with 16 first-half points, but it did little to quash the Magic's fast start as they took a 51-35 lead into halftime.
Nicholson led all Orlando scorers with 13 points in the half, to go along with four blocks and seven rebounds.
The Magic also controlled the early pace with a 10-4 advantage in fast break points and a 20-18 edge on scoring in the paint.
Notes: Orlando improved to 9-8 this season when it makes three or more 3-pointers. ... Magic G Maurice Harkless tied a career high with four blocks. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson offered his condolences to those affected by the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday morning. ''It's a sad day,'' Jackson said. ''To see the president teary-eyed (and) emotional - it has impacted all of us. I got kids, who we take for granted waking them up and sending them to school. It's just a tragedy. So we're just lifting up that entire community. It's a difficult time.'' ... Golden State C Andrew Bogut missed his 18th consecutive game recovering from ankle surgery.
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