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Magic suffer disappointing loss to Suns

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The Phoenix Suns have not won many games, especially on the road. On Wednesday night, however, they improved on both percentages when they beat the Orlando Magic 92-87 at the Amway Center. Phoenix won for only the fifth time in 16 games and improved their road record to 3-8. They were also playing their sixth consecutive road game, disposing of the thought the Suns might have been out of gas for this one. In the end, they had plenty of…

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Cold-shooting Magic crumble at the end; fall to Utah

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Lately the Orlando Magic have suffered from poor starts in losing their last two games by big margins. On Friday night, it was the ending that did in the Magic as they fell to the Utah Jazz 87-74 at the Amway Center. After two blowout losses, Magic Coach Frank Vogel tweaked the starting lineup to insert more defense and hopefully get off to a better start. Jeff Green started in place of Aaron Gordon and the Magic trailed only 42-38…

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Magic comes alive in fourth quarter to stun Wizards

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The Orlando Magic wanted to win Saturday night’s game. No, they REALLY wanted to win because it showed. The result was a fourth quarter comeback for an 88-86 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards. Washington had a chance to win at the end after Nikola Vucevic missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining. Thankfully, Markieff Morris missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer. It was the only Magic defensive breakdown of the quarter. Sometimes, offense is needed to get…

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Improving Magic defeat Kings for second straight victory

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When the Orlando Magic left the floor after their one and only home game last week, they were a shocked and stunned team. Things turned out much differently on Thursday after their 102-94 win over the Sacramento Kings at the Amway Center. Last week the new additions were playing together in a game that counts for the first time. It most certainly looked like it. Chemistry was seemingly non-existent. After two more losses and Monday’s victory in Philadelphia, the team’s…

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‘Work in progress’ Magic takes next step

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Although the Orlando Magic assumed more than $50 million in salaries on four new players this season, there was little return on investment in the first three games. The additions of Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, D. J. Augustin, and Jeff Green were not putting Orlando anywhere near a victory early on. While they did not expect to also be bringing in a new coach, that necessity was forced on them by the resignation of Scott Skiles after one season. Frank Vogel…

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Magic rally falls short against Cavaliers

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In the end, a loss is a loss. The Orlando Magic were beaten by the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Saturday night in Cleveland. But without question, Magic players, fans and coaches can feel better about this one over the other two to start the season. With 1:30 left in the third quarter, the Magic trailed by 20 points. To their credit they did not give up. After a furious fourth quarter rally, Orlando trailed by only 94-91.…

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Will the Magic summer makeover mean success?

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July 4 is when baseball teams reach the half-way point of their seasons. For the other three major sports, it marks the beginning of the upcoming season. This is especially true of basketball, especially for the Orlando Magic. The draft is complete. The free agent signing period is underway as are the various summer leagues used to gauge current and available talent. The Magic hopes they are in the early stages of a turnaround season. Last month’s draft netted them…

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