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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2008-11-17

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2008-11-17

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2008-11-17
Stan Van Gundy doesn't like the way his team is playing, but he likes what this latest stretch could mean for the future.

Only the good teams can consistently win when they aren't playing well. And that's what's happening now with the Magic.

They must be serious contenders.

The Magic continue to struggle to match their play of last season, but they also continue to win, sweeping all three games on their recently completed road trip.

"We're winning, but we're not winning pretty," admitted forward Hedo Turkoglu. "We will turn it around and play better. And when we do, that will be even better."

The Magic were the only team in the league last season with a better road record (27-14) than home record (25-16), and this season is shaping up the same. After beating the Bobcats in Charlotte, they upped their road record to 3-1. They are 4-2 at home.

The Magic aren't shooting nearly as well, or scoring as much as they did last season, but no one seems worried about the lack of offensive production -- at least not yet -- because they are winning.

"Eventually, we're going to start making some shots," Van Gundy said. "At least, I hope so."

The Magic (7-3) return to action Tuesday at home against Toronto, the team it beat in the first round of the playoffs last season.

MAGIC 90, BOBCATS 85: The Magic proved that even without Dwight Howard dominating a game, they can win. It may have been a surprise, but it also was a confidence boost. Howard fouled out after getting only four points and seven rebounds, yet they still beat the Bobcats on the road. Tony Battie came in for Howard, who played only 28 minutes and never made a field goal. Hedo Turkoglu led in scoring with 20 points.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 17, 2008


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