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Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Waiting Game: For NBA coaches, that's the new schedule

Apr. 2, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Orlando’s Steve Clifford figures he’s like every other NBA coach right now: Wake up, go to whatever now serves as the office, study his own team, maybe think about possible opponents, and resume planning. Of course, nobody knows what they’re planning for — or when...

Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin (14) shoots during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Ross scores 24, Magic rally to beat Grizzlies 120-115

Mar. 11, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 24 points, including fueling a rally with 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Orlando Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-115 on Tuesday night. Michael Carter-Williams added a season-high 20 for Orlando and Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and...

Orlando Magic's head coach Steve Clifford watches his team early in the second half before leaving an NBA basketball game and being replaced by Tyrone Corbin in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Vucevic scores 28 to lead Magic past T-Wolves 132-118

Mar. 7, 2020 11:31 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando past Minnesota 132-118 on Friday night, although the Magic played most of the second half without coach Steve Clifford, who left in the third quarter due to illness. The Magic tweeted early Saturday that Clifford was released...

Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson (55) looks for an opening past Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

3's are wild: Heat set record from deep, top Magic 116-113

Mar. 5, 2020 12:27 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It took a record-setting night from 3-point range for the Miami Heat to beat the Orlando Magic. Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc, and the Heat hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in their 116-113 win over the Magic on Wednesday night. Goran Dragic...

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) passes the ball behind his head as he gets trapped between Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, back right, and guard CJ McCollum (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 2, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

McCollum, Trent help Blazers rout Magic 130-107

Mar. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 to help the Portland Trail Blazers run away from the Orlando Magic 130-107 on Monday night. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Trevor Ariza scored 11 as the Blazers ended a 3-game losing streak by outscoring...

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (31) drives around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juan Hernangomez during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Ross, Gordon lead Magic over Timberwolves 136-125

Feb. 28, 2020 10:24 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon recorded his first career-triple double and was proudest of his assist total. Terrence Ross scored 19 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and Gordon finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the Orlando Magic to a 136-125 win over the...

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) watches as Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks in front of Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Magic rally to beat Nets 115-113, move closer to 7th place

Feb. 24, 2020 11:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Orlando Magic were way down and in danger of falling further behind in the race for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They turned things around with their biggest comeback of the season and hope it shows they have plenty of fight left for the final stretch. Aaron Gordon had 27...

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Doncic, Mavericks notch another road win, 122-106 at Magic

Feb. 21, 2020 11:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — All-Star Luka Doncic did his usual thing in Orlando and got some unexpected help from teammate Maxi Kleber. Doncic nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Dallas Mavericks cruised past the Magic 122-106 on Friday night. Kleber added...

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) looks to pass after driving to the basket in front of Detroit Pistons forward Tony Snell, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Gordon, Fultz lead Magic to 116-112 OT win over Pistons

Feb. 12, 2020 11:23 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz saved the Orlando Magic from going into the All-Star break with an embarrassing loss. Gordon scored 25 points and Markelle Fultz added 21 as the Magic rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 116-112 in overtime on Wednesday night. The Pistons came back from...

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) fights for the ball with Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones (30) and forward John Collins (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Gordon, Vucevic lift Magic over Hawks 135-126

Feb. 10, 2020 11:15 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic aren’t built to shoot their way out of slumps, so know they won't have many nights like they did Monday. Aaron Gordon scored 26 points, Nikola Vucevic had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Magic surged past the Atlanta Hawks 135-126. The Magic,...