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Wednesday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Orlando Magic (13-8) at San Antonio Spurs (17-5), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic try to halt a two-game losing streak tonight when the visit the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center in the finale of a six-game road trip.

After a 2-1 start to the trek, the Magic have lost consecutive tilts to the Lakers and Suns. On Monday, Orlando fell 121-100 in Phoenix.

Grant Hill led the Magic with 23 points. Steve Francis went for 18 points and had six assists for Orlando, which was playing for the second straight night. The Magic allowed the Suns, the NBA's highest-scoring team, to shoot 51 percent from the floor, including 13-of-30 from beyond the arc.

The Suns pulled away with a 13-6 third-quarter run and an 11-2 spurt in the final period.

First-overall pick Dwight Howard had seven points and 18 rebounds, marking his third game this season with 15 or more boards.

Orlando, which is 6-6 on the road, will return home Saturday to face Denver.

San Antonio, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing skid with a 116-97 home win over Cleveland on Saturday. Tim Duncan netted 25 of his 34 points before halftime as the Spurs shot a blistering 84 percent in the opening half to set the tone.

Duncan shot 13-for-15 while Bruce Bowen was 8-of-11 for a season-high 20 points. Tony Parker added 18 points and his 13 assists bested his previous mark for the season.

Duncan has reached double-digits in all 22 of San Antonio's games this season. He was three rebounds shy of his 19th double-double of the year.

San Antonio, which improved to 9-1 on its home court, will visit New Orleans on Friday.

The Spurs have won six straight against the Magic, and taken three straight series games in their own building.

12/15 10:35:21 ET


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