Big 2nd-half run lifts Suns past Magic, 109-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 12:38 am •  Published: March 20, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — A game that was uncomfortably close for the Phoenix Suns for nearly three quarters turned into a rout in a flash.

The Suns pulled away with a 23-3 run and went on to beat the NBA's worst road team, the Orlando Magic, 109-93 on Wednesday night.

"Even going into the fourth quarter we were only down by four," Magic rookie Victor Oladipo said. "They just kind of went on a crazy run."

Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead a balanced Phoenix offense. Gerald Green added 14 points, including three 3-pointers during the Suns' outburst.

Channing Frye and Markieff Morris added 12 apiece and Miles Plumlee had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, back from a 2-1 eastern trip.

Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Arron Afflalo had 20 for the Magic, who are 1-22 on the road since mid-December and an NBA-worst 4-32 away from home for the season.

Orlando, already without Jameer Nelson (sore left knee), lost center Nicola Vucevic when he drew two quick technical fouls and was ejected with 2:32 left in the first quarter. Vucevic had eight points in 9½ minutes when he was tossed.

The first technical came for arguing that he was fouled when Frye blocked his shot. The second came when he threw the ball at Frye after the Phoenix forward drew an offensive foul on him.

"He's a load down there," Frye said, "so I just tried to do what I could do, and he didn't like it."

The win left the Suns 1½ games behind Dallas and Memphis for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Neither team led by more than seven before the Suns' big run took off late in the third quarter.

With the game tied at the break, coach Jeff Hornacek told his players it was time to look like a team that belonged in the postseason.

"I told them to just get after it and go take the team if you want to be a playoff team," he said, "and that's what they did."

Marcus Morris hit a pair of 3s as Phoenix outscored the Magic 8-1 to end the third quarter after Orlando had taken its first lead of the second half, 73-72 on Andrew Nicholson's inside basket with 1:57 left in the period. The Magic still led, 75-74, when Harris made two free throws 20 seconds later.