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Magic Vs. Warriors: Orlando Concludes West-Coast Swing With Visit To The Bay

Orlando squares off against Monta Ellis and his Golden State squad in a nationally televised Thursday showdown.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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One night after picking up a narrow victory against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Orlando Magic head down the West Coast to take on the Golden State Warriors. A victory would mean a perfect 3-0 West-Coast swing for the Magic, who return to Orlando for the weekend before heading to the Big Apple for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tilt against the New York Knicks.

Seven Magic players scored in double figures, led by J.J. Redick, who put in 17 off Orlando's bench. The Trail Blazers were so preoccupied with Dwight Howard that they failed to defend the three-point line, leading to Orlando shooting 16-of-27 on triples. Still, Portland nearly wiped out all of a 23-point Magic lead, making the game closer than it should have been.

The Warriors ended a five-game losing streak in impressive fashion on Tuesday, rallying to knock off the Miami Heat, 111-106, in overtime. Nate Robinson scored 24 points off Golden State's bench to lead the team. David Lee, Monta Ellis, and Dorell Wright also scored 20-plus points, helping the Warriors withstand a 34-point outing from Dwyane Wade.

Orlando split the season series with the Warriors at one game apiece in 2010/11. The Warriors' 123-120 overtime win in March ended a five-game Magic win streak in the head-to-head series. Wright and Ellis combined for 71 points and made 15 of the Warriors' 21 three-pointers.

Thursday's tipoff between Orlando and Golden State is set for 10:30 Eastern on TNT.

For more on the Magic, please visit Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation Bay Area and Golden State of Mind, SB Nation's Warriors blog.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.