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Magic Make Magic: Extend Winning Streak to Nine with Victory over Wizards

ORLANDO, Florida — Franz Wagner came up with 31 points in a victory against the Washington Wizards. Alongside Wagner, Paolo Banchero had 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, contributing to the Orlando Magic’s ninth consecutive win, equalling a franchise record in the NBA.

This win also marked Franz Wagner’s third straight 30-point game and his brother Moritz Wagner scoring 18 points. The Magic boasts four previous nine-game winning streaks in 1994, 2001, and 2010-11, leading the team to be among the two NBA franchises without a double-digit win streak on their record.

After the game, coach Jamahl Mosley expressed his pride in the team and said, “It’s big time for this group, but more importantly I think it’s big-time for the fans and the organization.”

Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner, right, looks to pass the ball as his path to the basket is blocked by Washington Wizards guard Tyus Jones (5) and center Daniel Gafford (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Magic will aim to surpass the franchise record on Saturday night at Brooklyn, hoping to maintain their winning streak with the right chemistry and teamwork exhibited by the players.

Despite Washington’s Kyle Kuzma scoring 27 points and Daniel Gafford contributing 18 points and 11 rebounds, the Wizards suffered a loss, marking their 11th loss in 12 games.

The game was a tough battle with Washington leading in the first half, but the Magic turned it around midway through the third quarter, ultimately securing the victory. The Magic demonstrated strength in their game with 34 assists on 46 field goals and committing only nine turnovers.

However, the game also saw Magic forward Jonathan Isaac leaving the court in the first half due to a sprained left ankle after contributing five rebounds in seven minutes.

UP NEXT WIZARDS, MAGIC

Wizards: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Magic: Visit Brooklyn on Saturday night.