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Magic take down Blazers for third straight win

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The Orlando Magic cooled off after two hot-shooting games, but found other ways to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-94 at the Amway Center on Friday night. To win their third game in a row, Orlando’s defense successfully forced Portland to shoot from the outside and forced 19 turnovers that led to 23 Magic points. Portland’s effectiveness was limited to their guards as their front line could not get anything going. C.J. McCollum led the Blazers with 29 points, followed…

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Magic exceeding expectations at this point of season

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Teams with a losing record normally do not draw much positive attention, but in the case of the Orlando Magic, some silver linings surround the package. Orlando is 7-8 heading into Friday night’s game with the Milwaukee Bucks, but few outside of first-year Coach Scott Skiles and his team thought this team would be competitive early into his tenure. The first six games on their schedule were loaded with playoff teams. They lost their opener to Washington by one point,…

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Magic pose many challenges for new coach Scott Skiles

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The Orlando Magic open the 2015-16 NBA season at home against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Realistic expectations do not envision the Magic playing basketball into late May. Fans would be happy with breaking even. Since parting ways with Coach Stan Van Gundy after their playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers in 2012, there has been little to cheer about at the Amway Center. For those fans demanding Van Gundy’s ouster at the time, the message is clear; be…

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