Orlando beat Phoenix in a scrap, taking a road win that's likely to give the team a shot of confidence.
The Orlando Magic emerged victorious from a back-and-forth contest with the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, winning 98-90 after holding off a fourth-quarter effort from the Suns. Momentum in the game was hard for either team to hold on to, with Phoenix out-scoring Orlando in the first and third periods, but the Magic taking the second and, most importantly, the fourth.
Orlando entered the second quarter trailing 23-20, but J.J. Redick's efforts off the bench woke up a sluggish Magic team and bringing Orlando back into the game. He finished the night with 20 point, with 10 of those points coming in the second.
After being outscored 22-18 in the third quarter, the Magic entered the final stretch of the game with a 1 point lead. Phoenix played hard in the fourth, but Orlando played like they wanted it more. The Magic out-shot Phoenix, making 51.9 percent of their buckets while Phoenix managed 46.2 percent. Both teams shot 13-of-18 on field goals.
Redick led the scoring, but Orlando had five other men with double-digit points on the night. The team combined for 31 assists, almost 10 more than their season average.
Shutting down Michael Beasley paid dividends for Orlando. After scoring 21 points 30 minutes in Phoenix's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando held Beasley to just three points in 15 minutes, all of them coming on free throws.
With the win Orlando is now 8-12. Their next game is on Wednesday night, a home contest against the Atlanta Hawks.