The Orlando Magic displayed some of the best teamwork they have showed all season, dishing out 31 assists and getting 10 or more points from six different players. In the end, they defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-90 on Sunday night at the US Airways Center.
"I am going out there playing hard," Magic forward Andrew Nicholson said. "They are just trusting me."
Orlando (8-12) received 20 points and nine assists from J.J. Redick, while Nicholson had 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four steals. Glen Davis tallied 15 points and seven rebounds, Arron Afflalo notched 14 points, Nikola Vucevic registered 12 points and nine rebounds, and E'Twaun Moore added 10 points.
The Suns (7-15) lost their seventh straight game despite getting 17 points from Shannon Brown, 15 points from Jared Dudley, 12 points and six rebounds from Marcin Gortat, 11 points from Luis Scola, 10 points and five rebounds from Markieff Morris, and nine points and five rebounds from Jermaine O'Neal.
The Magic outshot Phoenix 51.9% (40 of 77) to 46.2% (36 of 78) from the field and 33.3% (5 of 15) to 25.0% (5 of 20) from 3-point range. They outrebounded the visitors 44-29 and held a 49-30 edge in bench scoring.
After being outscored 23-20 in the first quarter, the Magic beat the Suns 33-25 in the second period. Phoenix won the third frame 22-18, but Orlando bounced back to take the final quarter 27-20.
"He's a scoring machine," Davis said of Nicholson. "He scored a bunch and today this is one of those games where you need that guy off the bench to step up and make sure that we get over the hump."
Orlando welcomes Atlanta to the Amway Center on Wednesday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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