Recap: Phoenix Suns 104 – Orlando Magic 96
Out-hustled and out-played all night, the Orlando Magic lost to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday by a score of 104-96. Phoenix came out on the attack and thanks to Gerald Green’s 13 first quarter points, the Suns led by double-digits early. From that point forward, the Magic were constantly playing catchup – and they never quite got there. Despite cutting the lead to as few as three, each and every Magic run was always answered by the Suns.
Orlando was led on the night by Nik Vucevic’s 20 point, 10 rebound performance and Andrew Nicholson’s 19 points off the bench. Phoenix was led by by Goran Dragic’s 23 points and 28 combined points from the Morris brothers.
Phoenix used their legs tonight and pushed the ball whenever they had an opportunity. Long misses will often create outlet opportunities and Phoenix’s roster is filled with guys that can pull down a rebound and get up the floor in a hurry. The Suns outscored the Magic 18-6 in fast break points. Orlando shot just 6-21 from three-point distance.
With the loss the Magic dropped to 4-9 on the season. Phoenix, thought to be a contender in the NBA’s Race to the Bottom, is 7-6.
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Notes, Thoughts, Tidbits and Randomz
- Tobias Harris was activated for tonight’s game and saw his first action of the season. T12 finished with six points in 16 minutes. Harris had been sidelined since the preseason with a severe high ankle sprain.
- Tobias also was able to play against his cousin, Channing Frye who is the starting power forward for the Suns. Tobias and Channing’s mothers are sisters. This was the third time that they faced off against each other since Tobias has been in the league. Both of the previous meetings were in early 2012.
- Victor Oladipo was in the starting lineup for the third straight game, but continues to struggle to find his game. VO played 39 minutes tonight, but scored just six points on 3-12 shooting – including 0-4 from three and two missed free throws.
- Gerald Green on the fast break is fun to watch. Check out this windmill slam from the first half of tonight’s game.
- A Magic franchise record for fewest free throw attempts allowed was set tonight, as Orlando allowed gave up just three attempts. Is that good or bad? Probably neither. It certainly doesn’t imply that the team was playing physical, tough defense.
- The Magic continued their 25th Anniversary celebration by showing an Ish Smith tribute video during an early break in the game. Ish, now with the Suns, played 56 career games in Orlando and will always be remembered for this unreal block of John Wall.
- Eric Bledsoe, a former Magic trade target, was sidelined due to a shin injury. That was probably good news for Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo. Despite Jameer’s 15 points and 9 assists on the night, he was torched all night on the defensive end by Goran Dragic.
- Positive of the night: Orlando’s 24 assists to just 12 turnovers.