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Friday, December 10th (All times eastern)

Orlando Magic (12-6) at Golden State Warriors (5-13), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic continue their season-high six-game road trip tonight, as they visit Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland.

On Wednesday, Cuttino Mobley buried a clutch three-pointer down the stretch and finished with 26 points, leading the Magic to a 106-100 win over the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center. Steve Francis scored 20 points and Grant Hill added 18 for Orlando, which has won four of its last five games. Rookie Dwight Howard, who turned 19 on Wednesday, ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu also netted 17 points in the win.

The Magic are 6-2 versus the Western Conference this season.

Since returning from the IL, Mobley is averaging 20.8 points in five contests. He has averaged 17.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in nine games for Orlando this season.

Orlando is 5-4 on the road this season.

The Warriors enter tonight's game having lost five of their last seven overall.On Tuesday, Golden State lost to the Phoenix Suns, 118-104, at America West Arena. Richardson led the way for the Warriors with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Dunleavy chipped in 24 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which saw a brief two-game winning streak halted.

The Suns trailed 92-85 with over 10 minutes to play in regulation, but used an amazing 21-0 run to go ahead 106-92. After 12 straight points gave them the lead with six minutes left, Steve Nash nailed a three-pointer to stake the Suns to an eight-point advantage. On the Warriors next possession, a steal by Shawn Marion led to a flagrant foul.

Marion hit from the charity stripe and when the Suns got the ball back due to the nature of the infraction, they couldn't score. However, on offensive foul on Golden State gave the ball right back to Phoenix and Amare Stoudemire connected from the paint for a 103-92 lead before a trey by Joe Johnson capped the tremendous surge at 4:34. Golden State went seven minutes and 17 seconds without a field goal. The run was too much for the Warriors, who were outscored 35-17 in the final stanza.

Richardson has scored in double-digits in 12 straight and 17 of Golden State's 18 games this season. He leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg).

Golden State is 4-6 as the host this season.

Last season, the Magic and Warriors split a pair of games. Overall, Orlando has won seven of nine and nine of the last 12 meetings in this series. The Magic have lost two straight after winning their last two at Golden State These two teams have split the last six contests at Golden State.

12/10 10:13:35 ET


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