The Orlando Magic have certainly not struggled to score points in their first two games of the season. Coming off a 102-point effort in an Opening Night win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, the Magic overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Phoenix Suns 115-94 on Sunday night at the Amway Center.
“I just think it was energy,” Magic guard J.J. Redick said. “I don't think it was anything to do with our offense. There's only about five or six plays you can run in the NBA. … It's not necessarily the offense. It's how you execute the offense.”
Orlando (2-0) got 24 points and six assists from Redick, while Arron Afflalo had 22 points. E’Twaun Moore scored 15 and added six assists in place of injured point guard Jameer Nelson, who missed the game after being diagnosed with a strained right hamstring following Friday’s game. Together, the three Magic guards totaled 61 points, shooting 23 of 41 from the field, including 9 of 10 from 3-point range.
Glen Davis notched 22 points and Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, DeQuan Jones got his first career start in place of the injured Hedo Turkoglu and finished with two points on 1 of 3 shooting in 16 minutes of play.
Phoenix (1-2) had four players in double figures, including Luis Scola (24), Michael Beasley (22), Marcin Gortat (14), and Goran Dragic (12). Gortat added 11 boards to secure a double-double, while Dragic dished out eight assists to lead the Suns.
The Magic held a 48-38 edge on points in the paint and outshot the Suns 48.9% to 42.9%. Orlando had a huge advantage in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 9 of 11 (81.8%) from downtown, while Phoenix made just 5 of 19 (26.3%).
Despite being outscored 33-26 in the first quarter and 23-20 in the second period, the Magic overwhelmed Phoenix 40-20 in the third quarter before outscoring it 29-18 in the fourth.
“We're a team,” Davis said. “There's no one guy here who's going to get it done. There's no All-Stars here. … If we want to go far, we can't go alone. When it's pure and it's genuine, it's a whole different feeling. You've got to be here to feel it.”
Orlando has back-to-back road games on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 8:00 tip-offs against the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. Both games will be televised on FS Florida.
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