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Magic hit 9 3-pointers, hold off Warriors 99-85

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Magic hit 9 3-pointers, hold off Warriors 99-85

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) J.J. Redick had 16 points and Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic hold off the Golden State Warriors 99-85 on Friday night.

The Magic led by as many as 20 before having their lead trimmed to 10 points late. But they connected on nine 3-pointers to help secure the win. Andrew Nicholson added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The victory snaps a four-game home losing streak for the Magic, who have won eight of their past nine against the Warriors.

Stephen Curry led Golden State with 25 points and David Lee had 24.

Golden State had its five-game win streak ended. The Warriors conclude their seven-game road trip Saturday in Atlanta.

The Warriors cut Orlando's 16-point halftime lead to nine late in the third quarter, before watching the Magic make three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-0 run to push it 20.

Orlando's hot shooting carried into the fourth and helped it fend off a late Warriors' run that cut the Magic's lead to 93-83 with less than three minutes to play.

But the Warriors scored just two points the rest of the way.

Two nights after leading his team in scoring during their narrow win at Miami, Golden State guard Klay Thompson was relegated to the bench early in the first quarter Friday after picking up two quick fouls.

That stunted the Warriors offensive momentum, and when Thompson got back into the game in the second quarter, it was his shot that failed him. He was held scoreless in the opening 24 minutes, missing all five of his field goal attempts.

Lee carried Golden State with 16 first-half points, but it did little to quash the Magic's fast start as they took a 51-35 lead into halftime.

Nicholson led all Orlando scorers with 13 points in the half, to go along with four blocks and seven rebounds.

The Magic also controlled the early pace with a 10-4 advantage in fast break points and a 20-18 edge on scoring in the paint.

Notes: Orlando improved to 9-8 this season when it makes three or more 3-pointers. ... Magic G Maurice Harkless tied a career high with four blocks. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson offered his condolences to those affected by the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday morning. ``It's a sad day,'' Jackson said. ``To see the president teary-eyed (and) emotional - it has impacted all of us. I got kids, who we take for granted waking them up and sending them to school. It's just a tragedy. So we're just lifting up that entire community. It's a difficult time.'' ... Golden State C Andrew Bogut missed his 18th consecutive game recovering from ankle surgery.

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Washington Football Team has noticed the Red Wolves movement from fans

Washington Football Team has noticed the Red Wolves movement from fans

The Washington Football Team has announced that it will not have a new moniker until the 2021 offseason at the earliest, but that hasn't stopped fans from giving their input on what the franchise's new name should be.

As part of the process for selecting a new name, Washington has asked for fans to send in their suggestions. On Monday, the team's official account shared a submission from one fan named Sarah, who is in favor of the name 'Red Wolves.'

"Once I saw it, I really fell in love. I really love the idea of Washington Red Wolves," Sarah wrote. "I have been a fan of the team since I was born, so that's over 26 years, and my dad has been a season ticket holder for a while. Can't wait for what's next."

Out of all the potential name suggestions, Red Wolves is the suggestion that has arguably gained the biggest following amongst the Washington fanbase - at least on social media.

In polls taken by NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Post and popular fan account formerly known as @RedskinsToday_, Red Wolves was the overwhelming favorite.

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Monday's post from Washington was the fourth fan submission the team has shared on its official Twitter account. However, the post on Monday was a little different than the first three.

The suggestion from Sarah was the first post the franchise shared that suggested a specific name; the first three fan responses Washington shared were generic and didn't have one individual favorite name.

The fans have made their voice heard, as Washington has received over 5,000 responses of potential name suggestions. 

While this may mean a whole bunch of nothing (this is just Twitter, after all), Washington has now officially acknowledged the Red Wolves movement from fans.

And for those that desperately want Washington Red Wolves to be the team's name from 2021 and on, that's good news no matter what way you look at it.

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Capitals could sit Lars Eller even if he is cleared in time for Game 1 against the Islanders

Capitals could sit Lars Eller even if he is cleared in time for Game 1 against the Islanders

The Capitals may be without forward Lars Eller in Wednesday's Game 1 against the New York Islanders even if he is cleared by the NHL in time to play. That was the thought of head coach Todd Reirden on Monday who expressed he would have to make a decision to avoid any possible injury that could keep him out longer.

Eller left the bubble in Toronto for the birth of his second child. He is now back in Toronto under quarantine in his room and cannot leave until he tests negative four times over a four-day period, per NHL protocols. It is unclear when Eller took his first test. If it was Monday, he will not be ready in time for Wednesday's game. If it was on Sunday, there's a chance he could be cleared to play by Wednesday.

"The NHL will be the ones that decide that, have the overall final call on it," Reirden said.

But even if Eller just manages to clear before the 3 p.m. game time on Wednesday, there's a chance he still may not play.

While under quarantine, Eller is not allowed to leave his hotel room at all.

"He’s not allowed to leave his hotel room, so he hasn’t been doing any exercise outside of his room and until we’re told differently that will be how it is," Reirden said.

That could be a problem.

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Eller first left the bubble on Aug. 5. By Wednesday, he will have gone a week without being on the ice or being able to exercise, beyond whatever he can do in his room. Typically in these situations, players get a practice in before getting back into the game lineup and Reirden made it clear on Monday that he may have to consider sitting Eller for Game 1 to prevent any sort of injury after missing a week.

“I think it’s something you have to consider is the player hasn’t been on the ice," Reirden said. "He obviously plays a huge role on our team and if you remember a few years ago the success and kind of the X factor that he was for our team when we won against Vegas. So I think it’s important that we handle this situation and make the proper the decision to give this player the best chance to be able to, if it’s not Game 1, then he’s ready to go for Game 2 and he’s as close to healthy in terms of conditioning-wise, he’s ready to go on the ice and be able to add the things he can add and do it safely so that we can have him for an extended time here in this playoffs because he is definitely a big factor in our team success.”

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If Eller is out, Travis Boyd will likely play in his place. Boyd centered the third line in Eller's absence in the last two round robin games.

Luckily, that is the only real question mark down the middle for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom, who missed a practice last week but played against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, said Monday that he had "no concerns" in terms of his status heading into the playoffs.

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