It took more than five weeks, but the Orlando Magic finally snapped their franchise-record losing streak.
Now, they’d like to enjoy the feeling for more than just a couple of days.
The Magic shoot for their first winning streak of the season as they visit the Washington Wizards at MCI Center.
Orlando ended its 19-game losing streak—the NBA’s longest since 1997-98— with a come-from-behind 105-98 win over Phoenix on Monday night. The win was the first for new Magic coach Johnny Davis, who lost his first nine games after replacing Doc Rivers.
It also gave Davis some hope for the remainder of the season.
“Certainly, we didn’t get off to the start that we anticipated and wanted,” Davis said. “But there’s still some time to salvage the season and bring some respectability back to what we’re trying to do.”
Superstar guard Tracy McGrady is thinking about more than just salvaging the season.
“We’re seven games out of the last playoff spot, so the playoffs are possible for us,” McGrady said. “We’ve just got to put a couple of winning streaks together. If we can do that, we’ll be right back in it.”
McGrady had 16 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high nine assists in leading the Magic to their first win since an 85-83 opening night victory at New York on Oct. 29.
Washington is coming off a 93-79 loss at Indiana on Tuesday. The Wizards continued to struggle on offense without Jerry Stackhouse and Gilbert Arenas in the lineup. Both are on the injured list, Arenas with an abdominal strain and Stackhouse with a right knee injury.
“For the last five minutes there, I thought I was going to have to change some diapers,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “All of our guys were under 22 playing against their starters. It was past their bedtime.”
“We’re all pretty much young guys and we’re playing hard,” Hughes said. “But we have to play better.”