Franz Wagner

Orlando Magic Have Eyes Set on Franchise Record Tenth Straight Win 

Dan Savage
Director of Digital News

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets: Game Preview 

Play the song. 

The Orlando Magic have been blasting their remixed original theme song – a tradition on social media after victories – on repeat for nine straight contests. 

In fact, the last time they didn’t play Ayo the Producer’s track following a matchup was after an In-Season Tournament road loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Since then, Orlando has matched a franchise record with nine consecutive victories and has the City Beautiful turnt up. 

On Saturday night, the Magic (14-5) return to Brooklyn in hopes of recording a franchise record 10th straight win and once again playing the sweet song of victory when they face the Nets (9-9) at 7 p.m. ET. 

“The last time we lost was against them in that building,” said Magic forward Paolo Banchero, who’s coming off a 28-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist performance. “So, going back, we’re going to have to have some extra motivation. They’re a good team and I think they’re coming off a loss as well, so they’re going to be looking to bounce back. Yeah, I’m looking forward to the game. I think last time we played them it was close for three quarters and then we let them pull away. Just looking forward to that matchup and redeeming ourselves.” 

Over the course of Orlando’s streak, it’s won in a variety of ways. During that span, it has the league’s second-best net rating (10.9) with top 10 marks on offense (119.3) and defense (108.4). 

“It’s showing continued growth with this group,” said Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley. “We’re going to have to find ways to win in different ways. (Friday’s victory of the Wizards) was one of those nights. They play a different style of basketball. They mixed the defenses up and our guys did a great job of recognizing what it was in the second half. I think they banded together and communicated the right way.” 

The Magic will have to be on top of their game defensively if they hope to leave Brooklyn with a win on the second night of a back-to-back. The Nets thrive in transition, scoring 16.6 fast break points per contest (sixth most in the association), and can knock down 3-pointers in bunches, draining 15.3 triples per game (third most in the NBA). 

Brooklyn burned Orlando in both of those areas in their first meeting this season, as it connected on 19 3-pointers and poured in a whopping 31 fast break points. 

IN AND OUT: Jonathan Isaac (right ankle; sprain) is questionable, while Wendell Carter Jr. (left hand; fractured third metacarpal), Markelle Fultz (left knee tendinitis), Kevon Harris (coach’s decision), Jett Howard (G League – On Assignment) and Trevelin Queen (G League – Two-Way) are out for Orlando.  

For Brooklyn, Dennis Smith Jr. (lower back; strain) is probable, while Armoni Brooks (G League – Two-Way), Noah Clowney (right shoulder; impingement), Keon Johnson (G League – Two-Way), Ben Simmons (left lower back; nerve impingement), Lonnie Walker IV (left hamstring; strain), Dariq Whitehead (right foot; injury maintenance), and Jalen Wilson (G League – Two-Way) are out. 

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s big time for this group. But, more importantly I think it's so big time for the fans and the organization. There’s an energy, there’s a vibe, there’s a buzz about this group. Our guys are doing a great job of embracing it. You know, not getting too high, not getting too low. But being able to register, this is something special. But it is a special group of young men in that locker room. That are doing it for the right reasons, which is for each other.” – Mosley on the Magic’s winning streak 

KEY STATS: The Magic have scored 130-plus points in three consecutive games (Nov. 26-present), averaging 133.0 points per game. It is the first time in franchise history they have accomplished this feat. Orlando had 130-plus in two straight games two other times in its history – Feb. 26-28, 2020 and Nov. 17-18, 2018. 

Magic forward Franz Wagner has scored 30-plus points in all three of those outings. Franz is the first Magic player since Dwight Howard (four – Feb. 13-25, 2011) with three straight 30-plus point games. The team record is 14 straight, set by Tracy McGrady from Mar. 5-Apr. 1, 2003. 

Over the course of Orlando’s most recent homestand, the Magic went a perfect 6-0 (Nov. 21-Dec. 1). It marks the longest undefeated single homestand in franchise history. The previous record was a 5-0 homestand from Mar. 14-25, 2019.