LaMelo Ball leads Hornets at surging Magic

After recording back-to-back impressive wins, the visiting Charlotte Hornets look to carry the momentum into a tough matchup against the streaking Orlando Magic on Sunday. Orlando brings a six-game winning streak into the contest following a 113-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday. At 11-5, Orlando is off to its best start since 2011-12. Charlotte struggled early this season without suspended star Miles Bridges, but the past two games have provided a glimpse of

Magic host Celtics as win streak gets another major test

Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said his team is starting to believe it can compete with – and defeat – the best teams in the NBA, and that showed when his squad knocked off the Denver Nuggets 124-119 Wednesday night. The victory extended the Magic’s winning streak to five games. Orlando has another big challenge ahead when it meets the visiting Boston Celtics in an NBA in-season tournament game Friday afternoon. Boston improved its record

Nuggets attempt to slow defensive-minded Magic

The Denver Nuggets overcame the early departure of their best player to snap a four-game road skid in their last outing. With two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic back in the lineup, the Nuggets will look to record their second straight win on Wednesday night when they visit an Orlando Magic team that is on the rise. Denver weathered the storm after Jokic was ejected in the first half and pulled out a 107-103 victory over

Magic, Raptors both riding high ahead of in-season tourney clash

The Orlando Magic will return from a 3-1 road trip Tuesday night to play the Toronto Raptors in an NBA in-season tournament game that opens their six-game homestand. The Magic completed their trip with a 128-116 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at Indianapolis. The Raptors also won Sunday, 142-113 over the Detroit Pistons to finish a 2-2 homestand. The Raptors set a team record with 44 assists. The Magic have split their first

Magic seek another road victory against Bulls

Even as a seemingly comfortable second-half lead evaporated, the Orlando Magic felt in control of Wednesday’s eventual last-second road victory against the Chicago Bulls. “Obviously, we would like to maybe save the dramatics at the end of the game, but a win is a win,” said Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, whose fadeaway jumper with 1.4 seconds left sealed a 96-94 victory. “We’re just learning how to win, man. That’s the motto right now.” The Magic hope

Magic want to turn page quickly against slumping Bulls

The Orlando Magic faltered down the stretch of their 124-104 road loss to Brooklyn on Tuesday in East Group C of the NBA in-season tournament. They will hope to rebound quickly Wednesday as their four-game trip continues with the first of two straight road games against the Chicago Bulls. Orlando fell to .500 for the third time this season with the Tuesday defeat. The Magic were outscored 36-18 in the fourth quarter. “The pressure and

Nets seek offensive boost with Magic in town

The last two wins for the Brooklyn Nets can hardly be characterized as offensive masterpieces but rather a display of effective defense down the stretch. Given the slightly added significance of the NBA in-season tournament, the Nets would like to maintain their stout defense while sprinkling some more scoring Tuesday night when they host the Orlando Magic. The Nets are seeking a third straight home win and a second victory in the tournament after a

Slumping Magic get brief stop at home to face Bucks

The Orlando Magic will try to avoid a three-game losing skid when they welcome the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday for an Eastern Conference matchup. Milwaukee comes into Orlando off a 126-124 loss on Thursday at Indiana, despite 54 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The outburst in which Antetokounmpo shot 19-of-25 from the floor and 16-of-18 from the foul line marked his season scoring-high, and was the seventh 50-plus-point game of his career. Thursday was the

Mexico City is backdrop as Hawks meet Magic

The early season contest between the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic will have a different perspective with a visit to Mexico City on Thursday night. According to the NBA, it marks the first time the Hawks will play in Mexico. The Magic played games against the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in Mexico in December 2018. Orlando won both games on that visit and will look to bounce back from a 117-102 home loss to

Magic look to keep up defensive pressure against visiting Mavs

The Orlando Magic will need to adjust with injured center Wendell Carter Jr. sidelined for the next few weeks, but altering their defensive focus won’t be among the changes. The Magic have been one of the league’s top defensive teams early this season, and they’ll need another strong effort when they face the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Dallas improved to 5-1 with a 124-118 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Luka Doncic scored