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Magic 2020 playoff preview: What home court advantage?

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A champion will be crowned in Orlando, but that almost certainly won’t be the Magic

INCONSISTENCIES. Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic need to deal with their inconsistent performances. Photo from NBA

Jazz plane used by Magic, Grizzlies before Gobert virus news

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The Grizzlies and Magic are placed under monitoring after boarding the plane that also carried COVID-19 positive player Rudy Gobert

PRECAUTION. Memphis players like (from left) Ja Morant, Marko Guduric, Dillon Brooks need to self-quarantine. Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors escape Nets to extend club-best winning streak

Feb 09, 2020 - 2:18 PM

The reigning champions stay on a roll as the Raptors stretch their winning run to 14 games

IN CHARGE. Fred VanVleet (right) takes over in the final quarter. Photo from Toronto Raptors

NBA fines Magic coach over outburst

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Magic coach Steve Clifford barks at officials after he tried unsuccessfully to call a timeout with a chance to win against the Knicks

FRUSTRATED. Steve Clifford says referees, just like players and coaches, should have awareness in late-game situations. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Fultz erupts for triple-double as Magic shock Lakers

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Markelle Fultz and Aaron Gordon take over as the Magic snap the Lakers' nine-game winning streak

STUNNER. Aaron Gordon and the Magic upset LeBron James’ side as the Lakers play minus Anthony Davis. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers

Golden State Warriors end skid for 1st win

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The Warriors bounce back against the New Orleans Pelicans for a breakthrough win this season

FIRST WIN. The Golden State Warriors score a breakthrough win after dropping their first two games of the season. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors rid of Magic, advance to East semis

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

After a series-opening shocker, the Toronto Raptors wrap it up convincingly at 4-1

SPELLBOUND. Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors dominate Khem Birch and the Orlando Magic all the way. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Siakam picks up slack as Raptors escape Magic

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The Raptors take a 2-1 series lead over the Magic behind Pascal Siakam's playoff career-high 30 points

PIVOTAL. Pascal Siakam takes charge in the Raptors’ road win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors bite back, rout Magic to level series

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Kawhi Leonard erupts for 37 points and Kyle Lowry rebounds from a scoreless stint as Toronto dominates Orlando

FULL CONTROL. Toronto star Kawhi Leonard dribbles past Orlando's Jonathan Isaac during the Raptors wire-to-wire win. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Augustin hits game-winner as No. 7 Magic stun Raptors

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Orlando's huge upset win reawakens doubts surrounding Toronto's playoff mentality

GAME HERO. DJ Augustin powers  Orlando to its first playoff lead since 2012. Photo from NBA Twitter

Hayward shines as Celtics hand Heat damaging defeat

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The results leave 4 East teams – Detroit, Brooklyn, Orlando and Miami – fighting for the last 3 playoff berths

FINAL PUSH. Playoff-bound Boston gets a big lift from Gordon Hayward in the Celtics’ bid to secure a top 4 spot. Photo from NBA Twitter

Magic, Hornets boost playoff bids

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'We're still trying to accomplish a goal here. Anything is possible,' says Kemba Walker as the Hornets keep their playoff hopes alive

FIGHTING CHANCE. Kemba Walker and the Hornets stay in the running for the 8th and last playoff spot in the East. Photo from Charlotte Hornets Twitter

Magic's Vucevic casts a 28-point spell to stun Sixers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Orlando deals the Philadelphia 76ers a second straight loss

STUNNER. Nikola Vucevic scores 28 points to lead the Orlando Magic over Philadelphia. Photo from NBA Twitter.

New Grizzly leads Memphis' upset on Westbrook's Thunder

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Memphis manages to act as a spoiler against Oklahoma

BREAKOUT GAME. Bruno Caboclo notches a career-high of 24 points over Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo from Bruno Caboclo's Instagram (@brunofive)

Magic rally stuns Durant-less Warriors

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Aaron Gordon and the Magic pull off a stunner against a Warriors side playing minus Kevin Durant

CLUTCH. Aaron Gordon fuels the Magic’s incredible run agains the defending champions. Photo from NBA Twitter

Vucevic, Ross spark Magic over Raptors

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Orlando moves one game behind Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

STUNNED. Nikole Vucevic powers the Orlando Magic to an upset of the Toronto Raptors. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Bucks bounce back, Thunder roll

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain as the only NBA team that hasn't lost two in a row this season

CRUISING. The Bucks keep hold of the top spot with a league-best 36-13 record. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

Harden catches fire for 40 as Rockets edge Magic

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The reigning NBA MVP has now scored at least 30 points in 23 straight games

VIRTUOSO. It's another game and another 40-point performance for James Harden. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Russell soars as Nets rally from 21 down to beat Magic

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Russell equals his career high total and buries the clutch three-pointer for the win

Warriors scorch Suns, Spurs roll past Celtics

Jan 01, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The defending champion Warriors and the Spurs close out 2018 with huge victories

ONE-SIDED. Steph Curry and the Warriors easily ward off De’Anthony Melton and the Suns in the last NBA game of 2018. Photo from NBA Twitter

Mavs silence Thunder, Towns shines for Timberwolves

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns records a sensational stat line of 34 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 6 blocks

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves post up Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Magic deal league-leading Raptors most lopsided loss

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Nikola Vucevic registers 30 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic to a surprise 29-point whipping of the Raptors

SURPRISING MAGIC. Nikola Vucevic paces 5 Orlando Magic players in double figures in the upset win. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Raptors rally from 17 down to edge Heat

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green star as the Toronto Raptors snap Miami Heat's five-game winning streak

ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard pumps in 30 points as the Raptors improve to a league-best 26-10 record. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Suns spoil Nowitzki's record-setting season debut

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Dallas talisman Dirk Nowitzki becomes the first player in NBA history to suit up for 21 seasons for the same team

RECORD-SETTING. Dallas veteran Dirk Nowitzki high fives Maximilian Kleber after checking out of the first half. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Vucevic scores 31 as Magic cool off Lakers

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Orlando beats Los Angeles for the second time in 8 days

HALTED. LeBron James sees the Lakers' three-game winning streak snapped. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Green lifts Raptors to NBA win, Blazers take West lead

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The Toronto Raptors complete a dramatic finish against the Orlando Magic to stay on top of the Eastern Conference

HIGH UP. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors soar to the NBA Eastern Conference lead. Photo from Toronto Raptors

Butler beaten on debut as Magic rally stuns Sixers

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Orlando roars from a 16-point deficit in the final quarter to spoil Jimmy Butler's Philly debut

NEW CHAPTER. Jimmy Butler drops 14 points in his first game with the Sixers. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Evan Fournier hits buzzer-beater over Cavs

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier dashes the hopes of the league's cellar-dweller Cleveland Cavaliers

CLUTCH. Evan Fournier works his clutch magic to send the Cleveland Cavaliers to another heartbreaking loss. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Celtics spellbound by Magic, Raptors march on

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The Magic kept their noses in front for the entire contest, with Boston unable to take the lead at any stage

LOSING EFFORT. Kyrie Irving chips in 22 points in a losing effort to Orlando Magic. File Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Magic to host Bulls, Jazz in NBA Mexico City games

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The NBA returns to Mexico, the country that has hosted the most number of games outside the United States and Canada

MEXICO-BOUND. Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls drives against Ricky Rubio of the Utah Jazz in last season's NBA action. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Washington Wizards comeback cast spell on Boston Celtics

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Bradley Beal leads the way for the Wizards, scoring 34 points with 7 rebounds and 9 assists

ALL-AROUND. Bradley Beal finishes with a near-triple-double for the Washington Wizards. File photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

LaVine seizes command to lift Bulls past Magic

Feb 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Jazz continues to roll on

GO-AHEAD DUNK. Zach LaVine's go-ahead dunk allows the Bulls to break away from the 101-101 tie. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Cavaliers buried by Orlando Magic 'avalanche'

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The Cavs' misfiring performance is highlighted by a dismal fourth quarter when they could manage only nine points

BLOWOUT. LeBron James' 25 points goes for naught for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Historic night for Harden in Rockets' win

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Harden is the first NBA player to make 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a single game

HISTORY. James Harden's 4-point play allows him to beats Calvin Murphy's franchise record. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Orlando spoils the return of Kyrie Irving from injury

ENDING THE SKID. Elfrid Payton scores 22 points to end the Magic's 14-game losing record in Boston. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs nearly blow 23-point lead but hold on to beat Magic

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Isaiah Thomas sinks two clutch free throws with 11 seconds remaining to earn the win

RETURN OF ROSE. Derrick Rose returned after missing more than two months with ankle injuries and scored 9 points in 13 minutes. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP

Fournier leads Magic in stunning win over the Timberwolves

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The Magic has the worst record in the Eastern Conference

UPSET. Evan Fournier leads Magic with 32 points to stun the Timberwolves. File photo from Facebook

Isaiah Thomas to start for Cavs, Derrick Rose could return soon

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Thomas is expected to start for the Cavs against Magic in Orlando

AWAITED RETURNS. Isaiah Thomas is set to start for the Cavs while Derrick Rose will be returning soon. Photo of Thomas from Twitter (@BR_NBA) and photo of Rose by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Houston’s hometown hero Gerald Green lifts off in Rockets win

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Gerald Green scores 27 points in the Rockets' win over Orlando

LIFT OFF. Last week Gerald Green was unemployed. Today he was the Rockets' leading scorer. Photo from Green's Instagram

Pistons forward Bullock saves his best for Orlando

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Reggie Bullock has been producing quality minutes since securing a starting position

CAREER HIGH. Bullock tallied a total of 20 points to contribute to the Piston's winning streak. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors outlast Lakers in overtime, Rockets and Spurs win

Nov 30, 2017 - 5:31 PM

Stephen Curry's heroics in the extra period saves the day for the defending NBA champs Golden State Warriors

JUMPER. Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a jumper over Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during a 127-123 Warriors win in overtime at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Magic hand Spurs first defeat, Knicks notch first win

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:19 PM

The New York Knicks also celebrate their first victory of the season against the Brooklyn Nets

4-1. Evan Fournier leads Magic with his 25 points to give the Spurs their first loss of the season. Photo from Facebook.

Warriors come unglued, Cavs look flat against Magic

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:08 PM

This is the first time that Steph Curry was thrown out of a regular season game

DOUBLE DIGIT LOSSES. The Warriors are now on 1-2 record, while the Cavs earn their first loss of the season. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Tracy McGrady back with Magic in advisory role

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:43 PM

McGrady, who played for the Magic from 2000 to 2004, will be available to players and coaches as well as assisting and advising executives in several areas, including promotions.

MAGIC KINGDOM. Tracy McGrady has returned to his former team in an advisory role. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Aaron Gordon jumps out of his shoe for alley-oop dunk

Apr 07, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The high flying Magic forward literally jumps out of his shoe to catch an off the backboard pass and throw it down

MAGIC DUNKER. No shoes, no problem as Aaron Gordon throws down the alley-oop. Screenshot from YouTube

LeBron James fuels Cavs rout of Magic

Apr 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

LeBron James records his 12th triple double of the season and the 54th of his career in regular season games

ROUT LeBron James records another triple-double in a win over the Magic. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook is magical in Orlando with 57-point triple-double

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Russell Westbrook forces overtime with a clutch 3 pointer then leads the Thunder to victory with his 38th triple double of the season

HEAVY DUTY. Russell Westbrook scores 19 points in the final 6 minutes of regulation, including a 3-pointer with 7 seconds to force overtime. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Serge Ibaka heading to Raptors in trade for Terrence Ross

Feb 15, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The Magic will also acquire a first round draft pick

HEADING NORTH. Serge Ibaka had averaged 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 56 games with Orlando. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Harden's double-double powers Rockets over Magic

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Harden achieves his 43rd double double of the season as the Rockets crack 100 points for the 41st consecutive game third longest run in NBA history

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. James Harden puts up another double-double in a win over the Magic. File photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

No Slam Dunk 3-peat for Zach LaVine

Jan 27, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The acrobatic Minnesota Timberwolves dunker won t compete for a third straight Slam Dunk crown at this year s All Star weekend

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Zach LaVine says he won't compete in this year's NBA All-Star Dunk Contest but didn't rule out a return in the future. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP