NBA: Orlando blitz dooms Suns

Magic rebounds from 10 down at half to win by 21
2012-11-05T00:00:00Z NBA: Orlando blitz dooms SunsPaul Coro The Arizona Republic Arizona Daily Star
November 05, 2012 12:00 am  • 

ORLANDO - A stumbling start, which careened into a face-first splat Sunday, goes in line with low expectations for the Phoenix Suns.

Like any team, the Suns had optimism. But they have to be stunned about being 1-2 after games against franchises that are supposed to join them for the June draft lottery.

"Surprised? Upset," Suns forward Michael Beasley said.

On a day that began with the best quarter of their young season, the Suns turned embarrassingly inept at both ends during a 35-point turnaround to an injury-depleted Orlando team.

The Magic used a 32-8 run over the third quarter's final 8:07 to wind up blowing out the Suns 115-94 at Amway Center.

Within two hours of play, the Suns went from a team that finally had its offense catching up with continued defense to a team that looked like it has more issues than a newsstand.

Over a six-minute stretch of play, the Suns managed one defensive stop, and that was only because Glen Davis, the Magic player who was killing them with a 14-point quarter, happened to miss a jump shot.

Coach Alvin Gentry sensed a flip of the first-half script coming when he called a timeout after two Arron Afflalo baskets cut Phoenix's lead to 12 with 8:07 to go in the quarter.

"The other two games it happened in the first quarter, and this time it happened in the third quarter," Suns power forward Luis Scola said. "It's exactly the same thing. We went through the motions and started exchanging baskets."

It was not like the Suns were facing the world champion Miami Heat on the road. That task is for tonight.

The Magic was without Jameer Nelson (groin strain), Hedo Turkoglu (hand surgery), Mo Harkless (sports-hernia surgery) and Al Harrington (knee surgery) but outscored the Suns 69-38 in the second half with 64.3 percent shooting.

"It might be better for them that they don't have Dwight Howard," Beasley said, citing the Magic's balanced scoring.

J.J. Redick led the Magic's scoring off the bench with 24 points. Redick, E'Twaun Moore and Afflalo each made three 3-pointers, and Redick was the only one of them to miss one.

Luis Scola had a team-high 24 points for Phoenix, while Michael Beasley added 22.

• Lakers 108, Pistons 79: In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard scored 28 points, Kobe Bryant had 15 points and eight assists, and the Lakers finally got their first victory of the season.

Metta World Peace scored 18 and Pau Gasol added 14 for the Lakers, who went 0-8 in the preseason and started the regular season 0-3.

• Knicks 100, 76ers 84: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, J.R. Smith added 20 and the Knicks hit 11 three-pointers in the win.

• Raptors 105, Timberwolves 86: In Toronto, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Raptors earned their first victory of the season.

• Hawks 104, Thunder 95: In Oklahoma City, Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Lou Williams added 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge.

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