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Redick and Nicholson lead Orlando Magic over Phoenix Suns

2012 December 9
by Brian Serra

J.J. Redick was the key to victory in Phoenix.

It started ugly for the Orlando Magic, but the end result was the one they were looking for. The Magic defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-90 on Sunday night. After starting the game with lackluster energy levels, the team scored just 4 points in the first six minutes of the game. The additions of J.J. Redick and Andrew Nicholson into the action turned the game around for the Magic.

Redick finished the game with 20 points, 9 assists and a  +/- of +19. Andrew Nicholson filled the stat sheet across the board with a career high in scoring with 18 points as well as 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and a team high +/- of +21.

The start of the second half saw a virtual repeat of the first half with low energy levels, poor shooting and sloppy play. Enter Redick, Nicholson and the rest of the Magic bench and *voila*, the scoreboard turned in favor of the Magic.

As great as the Magic bench was tonight, the Suns bench was the polar opposite. While Phoenix’s starters played hard and kept them in the game, Michael Beasley and Luis Scola seemed to be on a two-man mission to tank the game. Both players had +/-‘s of -17. Often times the +/- is not a telling stat of a single game performance, but in tonight’s case the stat tells the story well across the board.

Credit to Coach Jacque Vaughn who saw his starters struggling and didn’t hesitate to pull them off the court. Credit to the entire roster who fought through struggles to earn the win. Credit to the Phoenix Suns for being without the injured Goran Drajic as well as for the general Charlie Foxtrot that their organization has turned into. Blame Beasley.

Big Baby finished with 15 points, Arron Afflalo had 14 and Nik Vucevic has 12 points and 9 rebounds.

Tonight concludes the 5-game West Coast road trip for the Magic with the team finishing with an impressive 3-2 record, including that glorious Los Angeles Lakers win.

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