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12/04/2012 2:04 AM EST
Magic outlast Warriors 102-94 for 2nd straight win
ORLANDO 102, GOLDEN STATE 94

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- If this season for the Orlando Magic is
about learning how to do things without Dwight Howard, finding
motivation is no longer one of them.



Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 24 points apiece, and the
Magic outlasted the Golden State Warriors 102-94 on Monday night
for their second straight victory.



A night after an emotional win against the former franchise
center and his Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando outscored Golden
State 33-25 in the fourth quarter to pull away. J.J. Redick had
10 of his 22 points in the final period and Nikola Vucevic
finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Magic begin
their five-game West Coast trip 2-0.



"It was a great win for us. For the most part, I think we played
as hard and with as much energy as we did (Sunday) night, which
is saying a lot," Redick said. "(Sunday) night was an emotional
night, (tonight's) a back-to-back, there was a natural tendency
to let down, so it really says a lot about our group."



Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists and David Lee added
22 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who were going for
their first four-game winning streak under coach Mark Jackson.
Instead, they had their five-game home winning streak snapped as
they head on the road for a season-long seven-game trip.



"We looked like we were the team that played on a back-to-back,"
Lee said. "And they came out with more energy and beat us at all
five positions."



The laboring Magic managed to outhustle and outmuscle the
well-rested Warriors when - and where - it mattered most.



Orlando outscored Golden State 48-36 in the paint. The Magic
grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and had 18 second-chance points.



During the final surge, Redick made a short jumper and a
3-pointer to cap a 10-2 run that put the Magic ahead 82-74 early
in the fourth. After Curry connected from beyond the arc, Davis'
layup over Lee started a three-point play and an avalanche of
Orlando offense.



Vucevic's dunk highlighted the spurt and lifted the Magic to a
98-84 lead that put the game out of reach. Golden State has not
won four straight since January 2011, when Keith Smart was still
the coach.



"Very impressed," new Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That was
the challenge that we had in front of us tonight, of not hanging
our heads on (Sunday's) win but coming out focused and
approaching this game as the next game on our road trip. Guys
did an incredible job with the focus and aggression at the
beginning of the game."



The Magic made up for a sluggish start in a little more than a
second.



Vucevic converted a driving layup over Jarrett Jack to start a
three-point play. With 1.8 seconds left in the first quarter,
Afflalo deflected Carl Landry's inbounds pass to Davis, who made
a 22-footer at the buzzer to put Orlando ahead 28-27.



"They were coming off a big win last night, and they didn't sit
on it," Jackson said. "They came here and won a ballgame. They
didn't steal it. They won it. Now how are we going to respond?"



The Warriors always seemed to be playing from behind - and it
even worked sometimes.



Harrison Barnes blocked Afflalo's layup from behind against the
backboard. Klay Thompson dribbled upcourt and finished with a
pull-up jumper to give Golden State a 56-55 lead about halfway
through the third quarter. Redick scored seven points during an
8-0 run for the Magic before Thompson made a 3-pointer and
Landry converted a three-point play to send the game to the
fourth quarter tied 69-all.



The Warriors went with a smaller lineup in the fourth, and the
Magic shredded them.



"The problem with staying small is then you start getting into
junk defense and switches and maybe you lose your man," Redick
said. "I think that actually helped us. They were always having
to put someone small on Glen and that created a lot of problems,
where we were able to get into some drive and kicks, guys hit
some 3s. It opened things up for us."



NOTES: The Warriors are 6-3 at home and 4-4 on the road. ... The
Magic play at Utah on Wednesday night. Utah drafted Vaughn 27th
overall out of Kansas in 1997. ... The Warriors recalled F/C
Jeremy Tyler from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development
League. Tyler had five points, six rebounds, one assist and one
steal in 29 minutes of Santa Cruz's 95-79 victory at Reno on
Sunday.



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Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP

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