NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Phoenix|
(Wednesday, March 19th)
Final Score: Phoenix 109, Orlando 93
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic scored 18 points with six
assists to help the Phoenix Suns to a 109-93 win over the Orlando Magic on
Gerald Green netted 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, Channing
Frye and Markieff Morris each tallied 12 and Miles Plumlee contributed 10
points with nine rebounds in the win.
"I just had to stay with it," said Green. "I knew I was going to get shots up
and I knew that I was going to be able to get open and try to make plays."
Tobias Harris led all scorers with 23 points for Orlando and Arron Afflalo
added 20 in the setback, the Magic's seventh straight loss overall and 21st in
their last 22 road games.
Victor Oladipo finished with 14 points and nine assists in the setback.
Orlando's last road victory was a 101-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, who
are currently in the midst of a 22-game losing streak.
Phoenix shot 45-of-89 (50.6 percent) from the field which helped them improve
to 17-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better.
The Suns also improved to 2-0 against the Magic this season, which marked the
first time Phoenix took the season series from Orlando since the 2007-08
Orlando led 75-74 after a pair of free throws from Harris with 1:33 remaining
in the third when Phoenix used a 23-3 run that flowed into the fourth quarter
to take a stranglehold on its opponent.
Marcus Morris opened the run with a 3-pointer and then closed the quarter with
a 3 to give the Suns an 82-76 lead.
Green nailed two 3s to start the fourth to continue the surge, and Markieff
Morris closed it with jumper for a 97-78 lead. Phoenix cruised down the
stretch, leading by double digits the rest of the way.
"It's the ability to continue to sustain, to sustain the mind frame throughout
the course of the game that gets you through ups and downs of the game," said
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn on the Sun's late run. "You need to sustain your
overall energy and be able to be locked into each possession."
The game was tied at 25-apiece after one quarter of play and Harris knocked
down two free throws to tie it 52-52 at the break.
The Suns are 16-10 against the East this season and improved to 6-0 following
a double-digit loss ... Nikola Vucevic was ejected in the first quarter after
receiving two technical fouls ... Phoenix finished 11-of-25 from deep ... Each
team hauled in 43 rebounds ... The Suns had a 56-34 advantage in the paint.
03/20 01:49:41 ET