Denton: Magic Hope to Take Advantage of Long Homestand

   

By John Denton
Dec. 17, 2013

ORLANDO – Having weathered their most difficult stretch of the NBA’s marathon season – being on the road 15 of the past 17 nights on two lengthy road trips – the Orlando Magic now have a delicate balancing act on their hands.

The team was abuzz on Monday night after beating the Chicago Bulls about being home for the next 16 days, including a three-day stretch around Christmas without any games. But with the holidays, food and family time also comes distractions, so the chore for the blossoming Magic is to keep their focus affixed on the six-game home stand ahead.

``So there’s a little dichotomy there. We have to take care of home, but let our family know that we have to go to work every day also,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``Enjoy the season of giving, but go and do your job also.’’

The Magic have done their jobs quite well of late, pushing the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder to the brink on Sunday in a three-point loss and then edging the Bulls on Monday in snowy Chicago. The Magic ended the earlier six-game, 12-day trip with a win in Charlotte, meaning they head into their longest home stretch of the season playing some of their best basketball so far.

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