ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Forward Derek Strong, sidelined for 23 games with a sprained left knee, was activated Friday by the Orlando Magic.

Strong, a part-time starter averaging nearly 12 points and 7 rebounds per game, had been on the injured list since Dec. 6.

To make room on the roster, the Magic placed rookie center Jason Lawson on the injured list with a strained groin. Lawson averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in six games.