Fresh off a confident-building defeat of the mighty Lakers, the Magic road that wave of success to another win by a tally of 1o2 to 94. With the defeat, the Warriors fell short of a completing an undefeated homestand that would have propel them on their upcoming seven game road trip.
The Warriors hung close with Orlando all night, but never grasped a commanding lead to put the game away. Instead, the Magic put the game away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Golden State 33 to 25. J.J. Reddick began Orlando’s surge by knocking down a pair of three-pointers roughly mid-way through the fourth quarter. The Warriors did have something cooking before Reddick put a damper on the home crowd, pulling within three.
However, the Magic went on a 7-1 run to secure their second consecutive win.
Reddick had 22 points off the bench for the Magic, including four three-pointers on six attempts. Glen Davis and Aaron Affalo also chipped in with 24 points a piece, while Nikola Vucevic did the gritty work on the boards, registering 15 rebounds. For the Warriors, David Lee and Stephen Curry carried the load again. Lee was very efficient, going 9 for 16 from the field en route to a 22 point output. Curry, on the other hand, was quite the opposite. Despite scoring 25 points, he needed 21 attempts to do so. It should be noted that he contributed 11 dimes as well.
Orlando’s win was predicated on late quarter spurts. Golden State led 27 to 21 before Orlando before caputring a 28 to 27 lead after the first quarter, as Glen Davis made a deep shot to complete their 7 to 1 run. Carl Landry made an errant pass leading up to Davis’s buzzer-beater, but Landry’s mistake wasn’t a rare sighting on Monday night, as the Warriors allowed 14 points off their turnovers.
After Curry made one of two free throws, Jameer Nelson hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Magic a four point lead heading into half time.
The Warriors had a chance to pounce on the Magic in the third quarter when they missed four straight shots, and were also within just two points. But to little to late, as the Dubs did have a few solid possensions, but Reddick scored Orlando’s last six points in the third quarter to tie the game at 69 which clearly rolled over to the fourth quater.