Warriors Fizzle in Final Minutes, Fall to Magic

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The scuffling Golden State Warriors matched up fairly evenly with the Orlando Magic on Sunday but let another close game slip away in the waning seconds, losing to Orlando 100-96. 

Evan Fournier tied his career high with 32 points and Terrence Ross added 19 points off the bench for Orlando.

Jonathan Isaac had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Markelle Fultz added 14 points and nine assists for the Magic.

Glenn Robinson III led Golden State with 19 points. Eric Paschall scored 17 points and Alec Burks 15 for the Warriors, who had all five starters score in double figures, yet lost for the fifth time in six games.

Golden State was down six going into the final minute and trimmed the deficit to 96-95 on a 3-pointer by Burks with 33 seconds to play.

The Magic called on Fournier, and he drove around Draymond Green and through the heart of the Warriors defense to make a layup that gave Orlando a 98-95 lead with 9.7 seconds left.

Burks hit one free throw to make it a one-possession game and had one more attempt to push the game to overtime but missed a 3-point try from the corner in the final second.

Aaron Gordon's two free throws pushed the final margin to five.

The fourth quarter was back-and-forth, with neither side able to get more than a 3-point lead until Ross drained a 3-pointer from the wing to make it 93-89 with 1:23 left in the game. Orlando increased its lead to six when Khem Burch made two free throws, but Golden State wasn't done.

The Warriors made three of four free throws and Burks drilled a 3-pointer to make it 96-95 with 33 seconds left.

The teams played evenly through the first 46 minutes. Orlando led by 12 early, and the game was tied at halftime. Neither team led by more than seven in the second half.

Fournier hit all three 3-point attempts in the third period to help Orlando take a 72-71 lead going into the final quarter.

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