Magic end 4-game skid with 109-103 win over Suns
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:15
The Suns turned to Ulis and he delivered his first double-double, totaling 13 points and 13 assists while turning the ball over once in just less than 39 minutes in his first career start. Since returning from an Achilles injury, Vucevic has scored in double figures and grabbed at least eight rebounds in each of the four games. Ulis dropped 12 points in the quarter, cutting the Magic's lead down to two at the break, 60-58. Williams scored eight of his 10 second-quarter points in the final three minutes and Ulis scored 12 points in the second quarter, trimming the Magic lead to 60-58 at the break. Overall, the Magic hit 4-of-11 3-points attempts in the first half. Over the last seven quarters, Booker, the team's leading scorer, was shooting 20 percent (7-of-35).
Beginning the second quarter, the Suns started to catch momentum as the Magic were frozen on offense, scoring zero points in the second quarter. "They are having a tough year, but he's going to do just fine".
Coach Earl Watson termed it as a "management decision", and implied it wasn't his call. "And all the shots were off balance, but he's a fighter, he's going to play through it".
Suns forward Marquese Chriss left the game in the third quarter after a collision that required four stitches above his right eye.
Magic: The Magic improved to 8-10 all-time on St. Patrick's Day.
Phoenix also was missing big man Dragan Bender as he recovers from surgery and guard Leandro Barbosa to an illness.
Bledsoe's career season might have come to an abrupt end.
Knight might have played but told the team before the game he had back spasms.
Suns: host Orlando on Friday night. As they head into a Sunday matchup with the Phoenix Suns at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., the Pistons find themselves in a precarious spot. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes earlier on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
Behind a solid defensive effort-the Suns held the Pistons to 36-percent shooting-plus 21 points from Bledsoe and a double-double from Len, the Suns earned a 107-100 victory on November 9 in Phoenix.
The Clippers traded Bledsoe to the Suns on July 10, 2013. To go along with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals, EP dished out 11 assists in Friday's victory.