The Phoenix Suns climbed their way through a narrow 122-120 win against the Orlando Magic at Amway Centre, tasting victory in five of their last seven outings.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in this overtime thriller. T.J. Warren finished with 24 points and 4 rebounds. New signing Kelly Oubre Jr. stunned the crowd with 19 points off the bench in just his second game with the Suns.
Booker attributed this win to their team chemistry.
“You never know when a team can click, an adjustment starts working or a new player is added like Kelly (Oubre) and it just clicks.”
Booker shined in the final minute of regulation when he scored nine straight points, including a 3-pointer, two layups and two clutch free throws that gave the Suns a 118-115 lead with 4.6 seconds left.
“That’s Devin’s job description, that’s what he does for us,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov commented. “He is the present and future of our organization. Whatever he decides to do with this program, that’s what is going to happen.”
Magics’ D.J. Augustin scored a season-high 27 points and 6 assists. Nikola Vucevic chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds. Terence Ross dropped 18 points off the bench together with Evan Fournier’s 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Tied neck-to-neck towards the end of the game, Magic’s first quarter 14 point lead was quickly negated by their poor second quarter performance and inability to capitalise on the Suns 18 turnovers. It was Augustin that bailed the Magic out by making all three free throws after Mikal Bridges fouled him on a 3-point attempt in the final second. In overtime, the Magic went 1 for 10 from the field, including 0 for 5 on 3-pointers which ultimately cost them the game.
Despite their fourth straight loss in the league, Magic coach Steve Clifford remained optimistic. “Tonight, the offense was much better, but the defense wasn’t good enough.”Leave a comment