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The Orlando Magic will be nearly at full strength Thursday night as they look to end their four-game losing streak against the New York Knicks at Amway Center: according to the team's official website, All-Star center Dwight Howard and former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson will be available against New York. Howard sat out Orlando's previous two games due to back spasms, while a sore left calf kept Nelson out of Tuesday loss at the Detroit Pistons.
Howard and Nelson rank as the team's first- and third-leading scorers, respectively, while Howard also leads the team in rebounding and Nelson is tops among Magic players in assists.
Second-leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson, who sprained his right ankle in the final minute of Sunday's loss to the Denver Nuggets, will not play against the Knicks, but is making progress. According to coach Stan Van Gundy, Anderson could return as soon as Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers, "which is quicker than we had hoped."
Glen Davis will start in Anderson's place. In his last two games, both starts, Davis has set career-bests in scoring (31) and rebounding (16).