The Orlando Magic cruised past the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, 99-85, in yet another strong defensive outing. Orlando limited the visiting Warriors to 37 percent shooting and 34 points in the paint despite allowing 25 points to Stephen Curry and 24 to former All-Star forward David Lee. The victory was Orlando's second over Golden State on the season and made the Magic the only team to defeat the Warriors since November 24th; Golden State has won its other eight games during that span.
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red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.
Rookie forwards Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless each blocked four shots in the victory, all of them in the first half, in helping Orlando control the painted area. And the Magic rebounded 28.3 percent of their own misses against the Warriors, who entered the game leading the league in defensive rebound percentage. Harkless tallied four of his seven rebounds at the offensive end, while second-year center Nikola Vučević snared five offensive boards.
Apart from Curry and Lee, Golden State shot 15-of-53 (28 percent) for 36 points. The Magic, in contrast, had a balanced offense, with eight players scoring between seven and 16 points.
Orlando has limited each of its last five opponents to less than one point per possession.