ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In a game where the Orlando Magic were missing 4 players from their normal rotation, Aaron Gordon found his offensive groove and he lead the Magic to a 105-99 come from behind win against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday Night at Amway Center.
Aaron scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed about a career high 8 assists as the Magic rebounded in the 2nd half to erase an 8 point halftime defect. DJ Augustin had 15 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds as he fell 1 rebound short of his 1st ever triple-double and Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
“That is a pretty good all-around game. If I draw attention from the defense, I pass and once the defensive attention leaves, I can score again so it’s a balance that I’m still working on as a young player.” – Magic Forward Aaron Gordon on his game against the Suns.
Orlando had a huge 3rd quarter scoring as many points (39) in the quarter as they had scored in the entire first half. Capped off by a huge 11-0 run midway through the quarter gave the Magic a lead that the would not give up the rest of the way.
“In the second quarter we were playing a lot of young guys and couldn’t find a rhythm. We were down at halftime and our guys came back a little more motivated. We had a little more of a normal rotation.” – Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel about the 3rd quarter offensive explosion.
Gordon started off the game hot as his 11 points helped to give the Magic an 26-23 lead after the opening quarter. The Magic’s team defense held the Suns to 36% shooting from the floor and Phoenix missed all 8 attempts from the three-point line.
After a good start, the Magic then turned in one of their worst offensive performances in a single quarter all season. The team went 2 for 18 from the floor and scored 12 points and they scored the majority of their points from the free throw line.
Josh Jackson led the Suns with 18 points and former Magic starting Point Guard Elfrid Payton had 14 points in his return back to Orlando.
Orlando will finish up their 7 game home stand with two games next week, as they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Both games will start at 7pm.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org