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Magic defeat Warriors, sweep season series

Jan 7, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Orlando Magic power forward Paolo Banchero (right) gathers the ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole (3) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Paolo Banchero scored 25 points in 30 minutes in his San Francisco professional debut, Franz Wagner chipped in 24 points and the Orlando Magic ran their winning streak over last year’s NBA finalists to four with a 115-101 romp over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony contributed 16 points apiece, while Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Magic complete a 2-0 season-series sweep of the defending champs after having swept a pair at Boston last month.

Anthony Lamb put up a career-best 26 points for the Warriors, who got Andrew Wiggins back from injury and saw Andre Iguodala make his season debut, but were unexpectedly forced to go without Klay Thompson due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

In the opener of a nine-day, five-game trip, the Magic trailed only briefly early on, but led just 71-65 in the third minute of the third quarter before taking command.

Carter and Fultz combined for all the scoring in a 9-2 burst that opened up the game’s first double-digit advantage and the Magic went on to lead by as many as 15 in the third period and then 18 in the fourth.

Banchero shot 4-for-9 on 3-pointers and Wagner 3-for-7, helping the Magic go 13-for-32 (40.6 percent) from beyond the arc and trumped Golden State’s 18-for-58 (31 percent).

Fultz also found time for game highs of seven assists and six steals. The visitors outscored the Warriors 24-10 off turnovers.

In winning for just the fifth time away from home this season, the Magic recorded their largest road margin of victory.

Returning from a 15-game absence due to an adductor strain and subsequent illness, Wiggins finished with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting in 19 minutes. Iguodala, who hadn’t played since Game 6 of last year’s Finals, put in a scoreless 12 minutes, grabbing two rebounds.

Jordan Poole had 21 points and Donte DiVincenzo 15, while Kevon Looney was the game’s leading rebounder with 12 for Golden State, which lost its second straight at home after having opened the San Francisco portion of its schedule with 17 wins in 19 games.

The 101-point output was the Warriors’ lowest in a home game this season.

–Field Level Media

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