Magic made big strides in Steve Clifford’s first year

Basketball 04/24/19, 14:31

The Orlando Magic were supposed to have gotten a day off on Jan. 30. Instead, an incensed coach Steve Clifford brought his team in to watch film and make them see all the mistakes they made the night before in a loss to Oklahoma City.Plenty of teams would have grumbled ...

With defense clicking, Raptors focused on deep playoff run

Basketball 04/24/19, 09:40

The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn't end in failure and frustration.Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be.Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Magic 115-96 ...

Magic finally get a playoff game at home; OKC, Indy on ropes

Sports 04/18/19, 14:51

Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage. Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic. A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of ...

Magic, Spurs, Blazers look for 2-0 series leads

Sports 04/15/19, 17:35

Orlando had to fight until the final days of the regular season to get its postseason berth. Portland had to scramble down the stretch to replace a huge part of its success. And as is usually the case, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his team playing its best basketball at ...

Walker scores 43 in likely farewell as Charlotte eliminated

Sports 04/10/19, 21:48

Kemba Walker scored 43 points in what may be his final game with Charlotte, a 122-114 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night that eliminated the Hornets from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season.Terrence Ross scored a season-high 35 points, Aaron Gordon added 27 and ...

Magic closer to ending playoff drought, Warriors near 1 seed

Sports 04/06/19, 01:25

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEThe Orlando Magic won 20 of their first 51 games.Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) during an NBA basketball game ...

Gordon powers Magic to 121-116 win over Pacers

Basketball 03/30/19, 21:53

A perennial lottery team in recent years, the Orlando Magic enter the final days of the season believing they are on the verge of returning to the postseason.Aaron Gordon had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists Saturday night, and the Magic racked up a season-high 37 assists in a ...

Conley leads the way as Grizzlies rally to beat Magic 105-97

Basketball 03/10/19, 19:55

Mike Conley scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies crafted a late rally to beat the Orlando Magic 105-97 on Sunday.Avery Bradley added 21 for Memphis in its third straight victory, the first time the Grizzlies put together a streak of three wins ...

Ross, Vucevic lead Magic over Mavericks 111-106

Basketball 03/08/19, 22:46

Steve Clifford and the Magic were far from satisfied after a victory over the struggling Dallas Mavericks."If they shoot the ball the way they normally do, we lose this game," the Orlando coach said after the 111-106 victory Friday night. "We got outplayed. They just didn't shoot the ball as ...

Fournier, Vucevic power Magic past Hawks, 122-103

Basketball 01/21/19, 17:41

Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece to lead the Orlando Magic to a 122-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday in the season's first matchup between the Southeast Division rivals.Vucevic had 14 rebounds and Fournier had seven assists as Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak.Dewayne Dedmon ...

NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind

Basketball 01/15/19, 02:11

Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of ...

Walker, Monk lead Hornets past Magic, 125-100

Basketball 12/31/18, 20:40

Kemba Walker scored 24 points in just 27 minutes, and the Charlotte Hornets beat Orlando 125-100 on Monday night, their 13th straight victory over the Magic.Walker had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half and did not play in the fourth quarter. Malik Monk added 21 points as ...

Happy and healthy, Steve Clifford takes over in Orlando

Basketball 10/08/18, 13:04

Steve Clifford knew very quickly that he was going into the family business. His father was a teacher and a high school coach in a tiny town in northern Vermont, and when he was a sophomore on his dad's team Clifford was telling his parents that he intended to head ...

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