Gortat and Suns No Match For Dwight’s Magic
The Orlando Magic cruised to a relatively easy victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night with a 103-93 victory. Orlando, which led most of the night, was never in serious contention of losing their lead on the night.
The intriguing – if you call it that – storyline of the night was Marcin Gortat’s first return visit to Orlando since being traded away in December 2010. The unfortunate part of that byline for Gortat is that Stan Van Gundy just so happened to design his entire defense around stopping Marcin and Steve Nash’s pick and rolls to the basket.
“I thought our guys gave good effort tonight and did all the things we wanted to do defensively.” -Stan on the win.
— MagicBBallOnline (@MagicBasketball) March 22, 2012
Gortat ended the night with just 4 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. His counterpart, Dwight Howard, was his normal dominant self and led the Magic with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Ryan Anderson led the Magic in scoring with 29 points on 7-12 shooting from 3-point distance.
Glen Davis was the other bright point for Orlando playing one of his best games of the season with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Davis talked to the media for about 5 minutes after the game and for the first time this season seems to be emotionally comfortable with his role on this team. He committed to being “all-in” for this team and committed to doing anything the team needed of him.
Orlando led by as many as 22 points in the game and despite a late Suns run against Orlando’s second unit, couldn’t bring it any closer than the 10 point final margin.
It was a good bounce back win for the Magic and the sort of game that they have to win to keep themselves at the top of the heap. And yes, I AM going to just ignore the fact that Phoenix played in Miami last night…