From the opening tip it was clear the Suns were going to be a step behind.
The ball whipped around the perimeter quickly and always seemed to find Ryan Anderson open beyond the arc. When it got inside, Marcin Gortat, left on an island against Howard as he often was in practice when he was with the Magic, was defenseless against the Dwight Howard brute force.
Orlando was playing around with Phoenix for most of the game, so much so that the team pretty much took the fourth quarter off. At least offensively.
Howard was just too big for the Suns to deal with on offense. Phoenix's offense bogged down as Orlando clogged the lanes and kept Steve Nash from wreaking havoc.
The Magic were comfortable in this one, building a 22-point fourth quarter lead with crisp ball movement and ball reversals. Orlando had it clicking on just about all cylinders, showing how lethal the team can be on both ends of the floor. A late-game run and the turnover problem were all that could rain on the...