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Double-doubles for Gooden, McGrady, Strickland

12/19/2003

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- For Orlando's Drew Gooden, beating Golden
State is personal.

Gooden, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, scored a
season-best 25 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks in leading
the resurgent Magic to their largest victory margin of the season,
119-93 over the Warriors on Friday night.

"I always want to play well against Golden State because that's
my home team," said Gooden, who posted his seventh double-double
of the month. "And they picked Michael Dunleavy over me."

Dunleavy -- selected third, one spot ahead of Gooden in the 2002
draft -- scored only four points while missing six of eight shots,
including four 3-pointers.

"Gooden out-reacted our team and outhustled us," Warriors
coach Eric Musselman said. "He got to loose balls and pounded the
glass. He did a great job of attacking the rim."

Orlando has won five of seven since snapping a franchise-record
19-game losing skid, and Gooden's stellar play as a reserve is a
big reason why.

"I'm an energy player," said Gooden, who shot 11-for-19 and
sank the first 3-pointer of his career. "I get the guys going. I
think energy is contagious. If one guy is going hard, then
everybody can. It's a domino effect."

Gooden wasn't alone in playing well for the Magic, who won at
home for just the second time. Tracy McGrady had 29 points and a
season-high 12 assists, while Rod Strickland had 11 points and a
season-high 11 assists in his second straight start.

The Magic had season highs in points, shooting (51.6 percent),
field goals (49), 3-pointers (10), assists (32) and rebounding
margin (23).

"We came out with a lot of intensity, we came out with a great
purpose and we stayed true to that for the full 48 minutes,"
Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. "We got contributions up and down
the line from guys on the roster. It was just a great team victory
for us."

The Warriors had won the first two games of their four-game
Eastern swing by double digits, but they never recovered after
falling behind by 10 points with less than four minutes elapsed.

"It was just one of those nights," Musselman said. "We
haven't had one of those nights this year."

Golden State was led by Clifford Robinson's 19 points. The
starting backcourt of Jason Richardson and Nick Van Exel combined
for 21 points on 8-for-24 shooting.

"I think we've had situations where we eased into games and it
hurt us," Robinson said. "Tonight was one of those cases."

Orlando scored a season-best 62 points in the first half, with
Gooden's 14 leading three players in double figures. The Magic had
17 assists before the break, with the backcourt of McGrady and
Strickland combining for 15.

Although Golden State shot 55 percent, the Magic's 30-13
dominance on the boards kept the damage to a minimum. On the
possession that ended the first quarter, Orlando grabbed seven
offensive boards.

Golden State trailed by 12 at intermission and never got closer
in the second half.

Orlando eventually led by 31 midway through the final period on
Gordan Giricek's third 3-pointer.

Game notes
Also scoring in double figures for Orlando were Juwan
Howard (18), Giricek (17) and Keith Bogans (11). It was the first
time this season the Magic had six players reach 10 points. ...
Golden State has lost 11 straight games in Orlando. The last time
the Warriors won here was Feb. 3, 1992, when Chris Mullin scored 31
points in a 122-114 victory. ... Orlando point guard Tyronn Lue
missed his fourth straight game with a strained left hip flexor.