Warriors 110, Magic 85
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—The team trainer checks on Troy Murphy constantly, as the Golden State Warriors can’t be too careful with a player who has spent most of the season sidelined by foot and ankle injuries.
Murphy was limited to 20 minutes Wednesday night, but there was no curtailing his production.
Murphy came off the bench for a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Warriors won back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month— 110-85 over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
“I was feeling good out there,” said Murphy, who appeared in his fifth game since being activated from the injured list last week. “It’s been a long season for me personally. I’m grateful just to go out there and play.”
Tracy McGrady had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Magic. He played only seven minutes in the fourth quarter and failed to get his first triple-double of the season.
Afterward, McGrady announced he will miss the final two games of the team’s road trip—at Portland and Seattle—to attend the funeral of his great-grandmother.
Distracted during the game, he shot just 5-of-14.
“I’ve got a lot on my mind,” McGrady said. “I wasn’t really into the game. … You could tell by the first quarter it was going to be a long night and a struggle for us. Two bad teams out there, it’s like ‘What are you playing for?’ In these games, you’ve just got to play for pride.”
McGrady, the NBA’s leading scorer who hadn’t tallied fewer than 37 points in his previous three games, didn’t make a field goal until 1:50 remained in the first quarter.
“I can’t go out and score 30 to 40 every night,” McGrady said.
Magic coach Johnny Davis credited Pietrus.
“He did not have his usual game tonight,” Davis said. “It is difficult when he is not scoring for us.”
Golden State’s Erick Dampier had 13 points and 15 rebounds, notching his 37th double-double before halftime. Cliff Robinson added 20 points for the Warriors, who split the season series with the Magic.
Robinson also had a solid defensive outing. He drew an offensive foul against McGrady with 6:47 left in the third quarter. Shortly thereafter, Robinson drew an offensive foul on Howard, then forced Robinson into a traveling violation.
Golden State has won two straight following its season-long, nine-game losing streak.
“It’s been great,” guard Jason Richardson said. “We just have to continue to defend like this the rest of the year.”
The Warriors scored 100 points for the first time since beating Phoenix 110-99 on Feb. 11—the last time they won consecutive games.
Golden State had one of its best defensive outings of the season in a 97-80 win over San Antonio on Monday night and followed it with another strong effort.
The Warriors held the Magic to 43.5-percent shooting in the first half while making 52.5 percent of their shots for a 60-49 halftime lead.
“I just tried to put my energy to the team and get some stops, and we did it,” Pietrus said.
The Magic are an NBA-worst 32 games below .500, and will finish with alosing record for the first time in 12 years.
Orlando’s DeShawn Stevenson left the game with a sprained ankle with 11:08 left. … Golden State had 60 points in the first half for the fifth time this season. … The Warriors honored former coach Al Attles and former center Nate Thurmond at halftime. They wore their throwback “The City” jerseys from 1966-67, while the Magic wore uniforms from 1989-90, their inaugural season in the league. Golden State improved to 5-1 while wearing the retro attire. … Golden State coach Eric Musselman was most concerned with making sure his team got a hand in McGrady’s face to throw off his jump shot. “We don’t want any air space,” Musselman said. The Warriors are pleased with Pietrus’ efforts. “That man’s excited about everything,” Musselman said. “He’s been wanting an opportunity. He has the old-school mentality. He goes as hard in shootaround asanybody else would in practice.”