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Darrell Armstrong had 16 points off the bench as Orlando overcame poor shooting by its starting backcourt to defeat the Golden State Warriors 87-74 Saturday night and break a three-game losing streak.

With Anfernee Hardaway being held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting and Nick Anderson getting nine points on 3-of-16 shooting, Armstrong rescued the Magic by hitting five of his six shots and six of seven free throws.

Matt Harpring hit three 3-pointers while adding 14 points for Orlando, which opened the fourth quarter with an 18-5 run.

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  • Erick Dampier tied his season high with 17 points and had 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who had a seven-game home winning streak snapped. John Starks was held to four points on 2-of-12 shooting including 0-for-6 on 3-pointers for Golden State.

    The game was tied 37-37 at halftime. Orlando led 63-60 entering the fourth period, and went on a 10-0 run including a pair of 3-pointers by Harpring during the opening three minutes of the period to build its lead to 13 points.

    Orlando built its lead to 81-65 on a bucket by Harpring and was not threatened in the closing minutes of the game.

    Dampier had 12 points in the first half to lead the Warriors and Armstrong had 11 points for Orlando. Both teams shot poorly in the half, with the Warriors hitting 34 percent of their shots and the Magic hitting just 28 percent.

    The Warriors scored the first eight points of the game, holding the Magic scoreless for 3:25, and opened an early 15-4 lead. But Orlando came back to lead by as many as six points in the second quarter.

    Notes: Golden State's Antawn Jamison, the fourth player selected in last summer's draft, sprained his left ankle midway through the second period and did not return to the game. ... Jason Caffey missed the game for Golden State with right heel tendinitis. ... Charles Outlaw was sidelind for the fourth straight game for Orlando with a left calf bruise. ... The Warriors went 1-2 in back-to-back-to-back games, including an 89-82 win at home against Minnesota on Thursday and an 89-78 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. ... Orlando is 10-1 this season in games in which it has led heading into the fourth quarter. ... The Warriors' seven-game winning streak at home was their longest since a 10-game streak in 1994.

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