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Orlando Equals Franchise Record With 7th Straight Road Win

Dec 6, 2009 – 4:45 PM
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Matt Steinmetz

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OAKLAND -- Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy knows his team can take care of business on the road. Just don't ask him to explain it. And if you do, be prepared for a non-explanation.

The Magic went into Oracle Arena on Saturday night and beat the Warriors 126-118. That's the way it's gone this year for Orlando. Not to mention last year, and pretty much all of Van Gundy's tenure.

It was the Magic's seventh straight road win this season, which equals the franchise record.

"I don't have any idea," said a stumped Van Gundy about his team's road success. "I really don't. Good teams tend to be better teams on the road. You've got to be better to win on the road than at home. That's all I know. I don't really have an explanation."

Perhaps it's got something to do with Van Gundy, himself. In the five seasons prior to Van Gundy's arrival, the Magic was 63-142 in away games. In Van Gundy's two-plus seasons, the Magic is 63-30.

"We're pretty much one game at a time," Van Gundy said. "Our goal is to win tonight, and then go win Tuesday and then to win on Thursday. If you say you want to go 3-1 on the road, and we win the first three, what do you say to your guys? 'We don't give a (expletive) about Thursday night.'

"Or if you lose your first two what are you saying? 'The trip is a failure.' It's a long, long season and you've got to try to win every single night whether you've won four or five in a row or lost four or five in a row."

The last time Orlando lost on the road was back on Nov. 8 -- a 102-74 blowout loss at Oklahoma City. Two of the seven road wins came against Boston and Atlanta. Against the Warriors, the Magic gave up a 16-point lead before rallying late for the win.

"We treat home and road pretty much the same," Van Gundy said. "I never really addressed it as anything else. We get ready for road games and home games the same way and expect to win. So there's really no difference to our approach."
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