The Orlando Magic seemed to have no answers in their match-up against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. The speed and the deep bombs seemed to get the better of the Magic as they fought valiantly but came up short. Phoenix outscored Orlando 27-17 in the fourth quarter, and in that period, the Suns made five three-pointers.
Other than several Arron Afflalo free throws in that stretch, the Magic could not score. They missed 13-of-14 field goal attempts in that stretch as well. Turnovers were also a problem with the Magic committing 20 in the game, giving up 26 points off those turnovers. The three-pointer was ultimately the weapon that did Orlando in, giving up 11 treys to the Suns.
Goran Dragic led the way for Phoenix, playing at a fast pace that no Magic player seemed interested in matching. He spent his night blowing past defenders and finishing at the rim, or pulling up for lightly contested three-point attempts. He finished with 27 points. Gerald Green used his dead-eye shooting to spark the Suns’ runaway fourth quarter where he knocked down four three-pointers.
Magic guard Jameer Nelson missed the game due to a sore knee. Center Nikola Vucevic was ejected in the second quarter after receiving two technical fouls. Despite that loss, the Magic were neck and neck with the Suns throughout the game. Orlando actually had a lead early in the third quarter. The Suns pulled away in the third quarter and blew the game open in the fourth. Phoenix is trying to stay afloat for the final Western Conference playoff spot.