Warriors beat Magic 94-81 for 6th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 8:02 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have always been able to score. Now they are becoming a good defensive team.

The Warriors used half-court defensive pressure to beat the Magic 94-81 on Tuesday night.

"Defense is not something we're known for," said forward David Lee, who led the Warriors with 22 points. "Everyone looks at our team and the ability to shoot the ball and score, but we're a Top 10 defensive team too."

The Warriors limited Orlando to 38 percent shooting and led by 12 early in the first quarter and 23 at halftime. They were so comfortable with their defense that when Orlando made it's only run of the game late in the third quarter, the reserves stayed on the floor and finished out the game.

"That's the 14th time we've held a team under 40 percent so we've got to get some recognition as far as the way we defend," Golden State Coach Mark Jackson said. "We defended from the opening jump and were really locked in the whole night."

The win was Golden State's sixth straight, the first time the Warriors have won that many in a row in six years. Klay Thompson scored 15 points, Kent Bazemore had 12 and Marreese Speights 10 for Golden State, which survived a rash of turnovers (17) to shoot 48.8 percent for the game.

"It starts defensively when we get stops," said Stephen Curry, who had nine points, eight assists and five rebounds, but sat out the fourth quarter along with the rest of the Warriors starters. "That leads to better offensive possessions and it's fun. We're enjoying ourselves out there."

It was anything but fun for the Magic, who were trying for a season-best third straight victory, but fell well short. Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 15 points, Jameer Nelson had 11 and Glen Davis 10, but the Magic got down early and never made a serious run the entire game.

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