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David Lee scores 22, Warriors defeat Magic

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David Lee scored 22 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic, 94-81. This is the sixth victory in a row for Golden State (20-13). The streak began with a 102-83 victory over Los Angeles on December 21st.

Lee went 11-15, in what was an efficient performance. Marreese Speights contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds for Golden State as well. Despite the loss, Arron Afflalo scored 15 points for Orlando on 7-18 shooting.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Warriors (83.0% DR%), who took advantage of the Magic 28th-ranked offensive rebounding (21.8% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Warriors rank second in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 76.4%. The Magic posted an eFG% of just 41.0%, including 26.3% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-5) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Warriors are 10-2 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

Coming up, the Warriors take on the Miami Heat, who are 24-7 on the season. The Magic meet the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently sitting at 10-21 this year. The Magic are 0-1 versus Cleveland this season.

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