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Warren, Ulis provide Suns punch, but not enough to top Rangers

March 18th, 2017 at 3:44 AM
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PHOENIX – In a season that hasn’t gone well, the Orlando Magic entered Friday night with only three wins in the second of back-to-back games this season.

Make it four.

Evan Fournier scored 11 of his 25 points in the first quarter, and the Magic ended a four-game losing streak with a 109-103 win over the Suns. The key was a good start and good finish a night after a 30-point loss at Golden State.

Nikola Vucevic, playing on a gimpy ankle that he rolled Thursday night, scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in 32 minutes. Aaron Gordon added 17 points, and Terrence Ross made a 3-pointer with 2:07 to play that gave Orlando a 107-98 lead that the Suns couldn’t overcome.

“We made plays down the stretch, but I was more impressed with how we started the game,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “We had 17 deflections in the first quarter. That’s probably a high for a quarter.”

T.J. Warren’s 26 points led the Suns, who have lost five of six. Rookie point guard Tyler Ulis, making his second career NBA start, scored 19 points and added eight assists.

Suns leading scorer Devin Booker was held to 10 points and didn’t score until the third quarter. After the game, coach Earl …

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