PHOENIX, AZ - FILE: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was reported that the Orlando Magic have taken Dwight Howard off the market citing that none of the offers were worth pursuing December 14, 2011. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The 7-3 Magic visit Oakland and the 3-6 Warriors
The Orlando Magic continue their West Coast swing Thursday night on national television Thursday night as they visit the Golden State Warriors. Fresh off an all-too-close win against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Rose Garden, the Magic remain one of the hottest teams in the league, despite the trade rumors swirling around their best player, Dwight Howard.
Howard was far from his best against the Blazers last night, scoring only 13 points thanks to 3-12 free throw shooting, but his typically stout defense frustrated the Blazers. He was saved by his teammates' dynamite three-point shooting; they made 16-27, good for a 59.1 percentage.
The Warriors are 3-6, but are fresh off beating the Miami Heat in their house Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak after starting the season 2-1. They'll need Andris Biedrins to step up defensively to stop Howard if they're going to start a winning streak.
Game Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 12, 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: TNT (National)