PHOENIX (AP) -- A smooth rookie led the Orlando Magic to a successful end of a long road trip.
Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Magic pulled away to hand the Phoenix Suns their seventh loss in a row, 98-90 on Sunday night.
"I am going out there playing hard," he said. "They are just trusting me."
The 6-foot-9 first-round draft pick from St. Bonaventure made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career.
"He's a scoring machine," teammate Glen Davis said. "He scored a bunch and today this is one of those games where you need that guy off the bench to step up and make sure that we get over the hump"
Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said he and the team are gaining confidence in Nicholson.
"He is a scorer," Vaughn said. "He can do that so we are going to continue to work on other facets of his game and make him the best player he can be."