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Undermanned Warriors overwhelm Magic, 103-89

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 12:49 am •  Published: March 19, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After wearing down in the playoffs last season, the Golden State Warriors are starting to learn how to win without being at full strength at times this year.

The hope is to be healthy enough so they don't have to worry about playing short-handed in the postseason.

Stephen Curry had 23 points and five assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and the undermanned Warriors overwhelmed the Orlando Magic 103-89 on Tuesday night.

"Very pleased, and even more pleased that we can do it while getting guys the rest and proper treatment," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Big win for us."

Curry and Thompson sparked an 18-0 run early in the second half that put the Warriors ahead by 24 points. The backcourt duo became the first pair of teammates in NBA history to combine for at least 400 3-pointers in consecutive seasons.

David Lee added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors offset the absences of Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis), Andrew Bogut (left ankle inflammation) and Jermaine O'Neal (rest).

"I was getting my Pop on," Jackson joked, referring to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has famously — and often successfully — rested his regulars during the NBA's marathon season.

Nikola Vucevic scored 15 points and Tobias Harris added 14 points and six rebounds for the overmatched Magic, who lost their sixth straight game.

The Warriors shot 10 for 27 from 3-point range, while the Magic were 4-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc.

"Once they start hitting 3s, it's tough to guard those guys," said Magic forward Maurice Harkless, who scored 12 points.

The Warriors weren't taking any chances at the beginning of their five-game homestand. They opted to rest three key players — including two starters — even as they jockey for playoff position in the crowded Western Conference standings.

The Warriors (43-26) remain in sixth place in the West. They're still 1½ games behind Portland, which beat Milwaukee 120-115 in overtime Tuesday night, and improved to 1½ games ahead of idle Dallas.

Jackson said Bogut could return Thursday night against Milwaukee, while O'Neal will likely rest again. Iguodala will sit out against the Bucks and Saturday's game versus San Antonio.

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