Saturday, January 11, 2020
The Orlando Magic are looking for their third straight victory as they take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in Arizona. This will be the first game of their six-game road trip but it will tough, considering the 5-12 road record they are currently holding. Coming off a huge 123-89 win against the Wizards on Wednesday, they will hope to use that as motivation.
The Suns, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss. Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on December 4 when the Magic came away with a 128-114 win. During that game, Aaron Gordon scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Magic and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 60 times as the Magic won 25 games while the Suns won 35 games.
-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 39.5 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Aaron Gordon (calf; 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 41.0 FG%, 27.1 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to forty-percent shooting. Devin Booker scored 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Former Washington Wizards’ forward Kelly Oubre helped out with 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.
Aron Baynes chalked up six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He recorded two rebounds and one assist while both Dario Saric and Ricky Rubio earned four points each. Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.
As for the Magic, Evan Fournier had 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. Markelle Fultz contributed with 12 points while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out three assists, and committing one steal. Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch combined for 11 points while Wes Iwundu was held scoreless. Terrence Ross played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 12 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 58-48 lead.
The Florida team would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 46-40 run. During that run, Fournier and Vucevic combined for 27 points while Fultz had three points. On the other end of the court, Kelly Oubre had nine more points as the Suns went able to come away with a 98-94 win. Devin Booker finished the game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a season-high 3 steals while Evan Fournier had 28 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.
The Orlando Magic will head to California to take on Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-23) on Monday at 10:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.
The Phoenix Suns will host Devonte Graham (18.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-25) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they play each other during this season. December 2 was the last time that they saw each other as the Hornets fell to the Suns, 109-104. Devin Booker finished that game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block while Marvin Williams settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.