OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson figured to play a significant role when the Orlando Magic faced the Golden State Warriors on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

Nicholson couldn't play less of a role than he did during Sunday night's 113-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

After Nicholson appeared in each of the Magic's first 15 games of the regular season, coach Jacque Vaughn did not play Nicholson against the Lakers. Big man Gustavo Ayón also didn't play in Los Angeles.

Vaughn wanted to save Nicholson and Ayón for the game versus the Warriors since it was the second game of a back-to-back.

"Andrew and Goose will be nice and fresh," Vaughn predicted.

Nicholson and Ayón figured to see some time guarding University of Florida alumnus David Lee, the Warriors' starting power forward. Lee entered Monday averaging 17.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The Warriors bring rugged 6-foot-9 forward Carl Landry off the bench.

First 'T'

It took 16 games, but the Magic committed their first individual technical foul of the season Sunday night when Josh McRoberts shoved Dwight Howard in the upper back.

In the final minute of the third quarter, Howard pushed McRoberts as Howard positioned himself for a potential offensive rebound. The typically mild-mannered McRoberts retaliated by shoving Howard.

Howard was whistled for his fourth personal, while McRoberts received the tech.

Technical fouls usually aren't noteworthy. But until McRoberts' transgression, the Magic hadn't committed a technical foul that wasn't caused by an illegal defense violation.

Each of the NBA's 29 other teams already had committed techs. The Philadelphia 76ers were the 29th team this season to commit a tech, recording its first one Dec. 1.

"I think for us we just want to play," Vaughn said. "There are a lot of things that can control, and I think it's an opportunity for us as a team to just play basketball."

McRoberts was told Monday night that the Magic were the final team to receive a technical this season.

"That's pretty good for an NBA team to go 16 games without getting a tech," McRoberts said.

Does Vaughn's calm demeanor play a role?

"I think it probably does have a lot to do with his demeanor," McRoberts said. "I think we have guys on the team who are pretty good about being smart on the court."

'No hard feelings'

Magic players said they weren't upset that Howard didn't shake their hands or wish them well after Sunday night's win. Howard walked off the court once the final seconds of the fourth quarter ticked off Staples Center's clock.

"That's fine," Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said. "Certain guys don't shake hands after the game.