Magic use huge 2nd half run, upend Suns 115-94

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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"We started playing selfish," Beasley said. "They started getting whatever they wanted from inside out. For that sequence they killed us on rebounds."

For the game, Orlando connected on 9 of 11 3-pointers. The Magic held a double-digit advantage on points in the paint for the second consecutive game.

"Where we stress to our players that each day you put in work and effort, there's something rewarding for you for that effort. And that's been our approach," Vaughn said.

It looked like Phoenix was going to be the team with the easy night early.

During the Nuggets' win, Vaughn managed to mask the youth and inexperience on his roster with a strong shooting night and a huge advantage scoring in the paint.

There was no hiding it Sunday, though, as Phoenix spread the floor and pushed the pace early. It forced the youthful Magic into several ball control turnovers in the half court, which keyed several Suns' breaks in the early going.

Phoenix also lived in the paint in the first two quarters, scoring 26 of their points there in building a 56-46 halftime lead.

Scola was the most active for Phoenix, scoring 16 points for a Suns' team that shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes.

The Magic stayed within striking distance, though, connecting on all four of their attempts from beyond the arc.

They will now try to keep that momentum as it hits the road for the first time Tuesday for back-to-back games at Chicago and Minnesota.

Davis said there's no secret to what's driving the Magic so far.

"We're a team," he said. "There's no one guy here who's going to get it done. There's no All-Stars here...If we want to go far, we can't go alone.

"When it's pure and it's genuine, it's a whole different feeling," Davis added. "You've got to be here to feel it."

NOTES: There was a 12-minute delay between the first and second quarters after the net was partially torn down during a trampoline dunking promotion. ...Vaughn said he expects the night off Sunday to give Nelson an extra day to be ready for the road trip. ... Turkoglu had surgery Saturday on the broken bone in his left hand. He'll miss at least four weeks. ... Gentry said he's known Vaughn since he was in high school and pointed out other shared connections as a former assistant at Vaughn's collegiate alma mater Kansas and later with the Spurs. Gentry said he expects the first-year coach to have a long career in the NBA coaching ranks. "If you really look at it, we've kind of been to the same places," he said. "He's gonna be fine."

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