Grades: Phoenix Suns 109, Orlando Magic 93 | Magic Basketball



Mar 20

Grades: Phoenix Suns 109, Orlando Magic 93

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Phoenix Suns 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
6-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | -15

After a horrendous performance (four points on 2-for-7 shooting) against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Afflalo bounced back with a solid showing versus the Suns. He had an economical 20 points (on 10 shots), and he did it by making his 3-pointers and getting to foul line. Afflalo’s four-point play in the third quarter ended up being his sequence of the night.

Nikola Vucevic
4-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -1

For the first time in his NBA career, Vucevic got ejected from a game. In the first quarter, no less. The first technical came when he argued with an official as Markieff Morris shot free throws. The second technical occurred about a minute later after Channing Frye drew an offensive foul on Vucevic. The big fella didn’t like the call, threw the ball at Frye’s feet, and got tossed.

Tobias Harris
7-13 FG | 8-11 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | -8

Even though the Magic got blown out on the road, again, the silver lining is that Harris had another excellent outing offensively. Against Phoenix, Orlando ran a lot of 1-4 pick-and-rolls with Oladipo and Harris, and that set proved to be wildly successful. Harris did a great job of taking what the defense gave him, and either shooting a jump shot or attacking the rim.

Victor Oladipo
6-18 FG | 1-6 3P | 2 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | -4

With Jameer Nelson out with a sore left knee, Oladipo got the start at point guard and did okay. He played the typical type of topsy-turvy game (how’s that for alliteration?) that’s been the norm for him this season. He was inefficient (6-for-18 shooting) and he had six turnovers, but he also ran the pick-and-roll well and tallied up nine assists.

Phoenix Suns

Late in the third quarter, the Suns were trailing the Magic by the score of 75-74. And then, all of a sudden, Phoenix caught fire. The Suns went on a 27-5 run, in large part because they were torching Orlando behind the 3-point line, and built up a 101-80 lead midway through the fourth quarter before coasting to an easy victory after a competitive three quarters.