Found November 24, 2013 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
The Phoenix Suns are starting to have fun, but they haven't had any against the Orlando Magic in recent seasons.
The Suns will try to get back above .500 on Sunday night by beating the Magic on the road for the first time in six years.
A four-game losing streak dropped Phoenix below the break-even mark heading into a three-game trip, but the Suns (6-6) opened it with their second road win as they defeated the Bobcats 98-91 on Friday. They nearly squandered a 17-point lead in the final four minutes, and veteran forward Channing Frye felt their attitude helped them hold on.
"We're just having fun out there," said Frye, who had a season-high 20 points. "I think I was more relaxed. When you start losing everything you start to get real tight, so we can't be like that. We just have to get out there and have fun."
Doing that against the Magic (4-8) is typically unlikely. The Suns have lost seven of the past eight meetings, including five in a row while getting held to 90.8 points per game. They've also dropped five straight visits to Orlando by an average of 16.2 points dating to a 106-96 win Nov. 10, 2007.
Phoenix leading scorer Eric Bledsoe, averaging 20.4 points, is expected to miss a fourth straight game with a bruised shin.
Gerald Green will likely start again in his place despite missing all eight attempts from 3-point range Friday. He had 14 points after scoring 23 in each of the previous two games while sinking 10 of 16 from long distance.
Goran Dragic also has tried to step up, averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 assists over the past four games.
The Magic have dropped three in a row and six of seven. They seemed headed for their most impressive victory of the season Saturday, but squandered a 16-point, second-half lead and fell 101-99 at Miami as LeBron James hit the decisive jumper with 15.1 seconds left. That came three days after a 120-92 home loss to the Heat.
At least one Orlando player, though, felt good after Saturday's defeat. Glen Davis played for the first time since suffering a broken left foot Jan. 30, scoring 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in 26 minutes.
"I'm just happy to be back no matter if we're playing the NBA champs or we're playing (the New Orleans) Pelicans or something, I'm just happy to play basketball and show the world that I can contribute to a team," said Davis, who averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 boards in 34 games last season.
He's totaled 38 points in two meetings with Phoenix at Amway Center.
Arron Afflalo is averaging 22.7 points on 59.3 percent from the floor over his last six matchups with the Suns. He's putting up 30.3
BEST OF MAXIM
A year after the Suns made a max offer to Eric Gordon, which was quickly matched by New Orleans, the Phoenix Suns are "reportedly" planning to overpay Utah SF Gordon Hayward next summer.
First of all, make what you will of a rumor like this. It's just a tweet and those are free - and don't need any attribution.
Second of all, even if this was totally true, unless...
Suns power forward Markieff Morris went from Player of the Week to funk of the week.
It came to a head Friday night when he got blocked from behind by Charlotte guard Gerald Henderson when he was going up for a dunk in the second quarter. At that point, Morris had missed 16 of 17 shots over 3 1/2 games.
“That definitely can’t happen,” Morris said.
He might have rediscovered...
Gerald Green Throws Down Vicious Windmill Dunk vs. Magic | Bleacher Report.
This Gerald Green dunk was so nice you’d be insulting good taste if you didn’t watch it twice. ttp://on.suns.com/29i #SunsAtMagic
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 25, 2013
The post Gerald Green Throws Down Vicious Windmill Dunk vs. Magic | Bleacher Report appeared first on Sports Rivals And Trash Talk.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Channing Frye scored 20 points, P.J. Tucker was perfect from the field and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 98-91 Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Tucker scored 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting as the Suns beat the Bobcats for the fourth consecutive time. Tucker had three 3-pointers, and his only miss of the night came on a late...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 104-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
Two days after stopping a four-game losing streak in Charlotte, the Suns took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it.
Orlando trimmed what had been a 14-point deficit to three late in the fourth...
Gerald Green has managed to hang around the NBA, despite having no real semblance of an offensive game to speak of. One thing Green can do, and do well is dunk.
The Suns are trying to become a running team, and that fits right into the strengths that Green does have.
Green had 20 points against the Magic, including this Dominique-style windmill dunk on a fast break. You could...
Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 104-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
Two days after stopping a four-game losing streak at Charlotte, the Suns took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it.
Orlando trimmed what had been a 14-point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter. However, Channing...
Kim Klement/USA TODAY
Goran Dragic had his way with the Magic defense most of the night, dribbilng into the paint and finishing himself or finding the shooter on the weak side. At the end of the game, with the Suns clinging to a three-point lead, it was certainly on the veteran point guard to calm his team down and pull out a road win.
Dragic did just that, scoring seven...
MIAMI Orlando's "Big Baby" admitted to being nervous.
"I haven't felt like that since the Final Four in college," said Glen Davis, who as a sophomore helped lead LSU to the national semifinals.
"I was so nervous, but when I got that first spin move, I was like, 'Uh-oh, I'm back.' That's my move right there."
ORLANDO, Fla. -- While the Orlando Magic would like to consider themselves young and athletic, they ran into a team younger and more athletic than them in the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns hit the ground running and never looked back in rolling to a 104-96 victory. It was the Magic's seventh loss in their past eight games following a 3-2 start.
The Magic got 20 points and 10 rebounds...
When he was in Los Angeles playing for the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe was the backup to Chris Paul – wo is regarded as right now the best point guard in all of the NBA. Playing behind the perennial all-star, the soon to be 24-year-old only saw the court about 20 minutes a night. But observers lauded over his talent and ability, saying that if Bledsoe were the main guy on a team, he...
Tobias Harris made his regular season debut on Sunday after missing the first 12 games due to a high ankle sprain.
Harris scored six points on 3-for-8 shooting in 16 minutes.
"It felt great checking in and getting back into the flow of things," Harris said. "It was just good to just get my feet wet out there and go out there and play."
Harris averaged 17.3 points...
The Magic are 10 games into their season and we have learned a lot and a little about this team.
Last week, I joined Scott Fisher and Jake Smith of Orlando Magic Stuff to review some of the early season storylines, including the team's biggest surprises. This week, they returned the favor and joined me on the latest edition of the Orlando Magic Daily Podcast to talk about...
The Orlando Magic have been without Glen Davis since he fractured a bone in his foot on January 30. Tobias Harris missed the final week of the preseason and all of the regular season so far due to a sprained left ankle. Both have been progressing in practice.As reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic have had four workouts in the last five days and coach Jacque...
Even without their leading scorer, the Phoenix Suns have gotten back on track during their eastern trip.
They'll face their toughest test yet against the red-hot defending NBA champions.
Hoping to have Eric Bledsoe back, the Suns will try to capture their third straight win Monday night when they visit a Miami Heat team seeking its seventh straight victory.
Following a four...