PHO
ORL

No Text

Gordon scores season-high 32 points, Magic beat Suns 128-114

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) After spending most of the season struggling to find ways to win despite an inconsistent offense, scoring suddenly seems to come easily for the Orlando Magic. On Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns witnessed that shift firsthand.

Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 32 points, Terrence Ross had 22 and the Magic beat the Suns 128-114 at Amway Center.

Evan Fournier added 21 points, and Markelle Fultz had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Magic.

Frank Kaminsky led the Suns with 23 points and five rebounds, and Devin Booker had 17 points and five assists.

The Suns led by 10 points in the first half on the strength of a hot start from Kaminsky. He made nine of his first 10 shots and had 21 points by halftime.

Gordon made a pair of 3-pointers to jump start a 14-1 run early in the third quarter. Fournier added a 3-pointer to punctuate the scoring spree, giving the Magic a 79-62 advantage.

Gordon was 5 for 5 from 3-point range after entering the game shooting 28.4% from long range.

''Nobody expected him to shoot like that,'' Suns coach Monty Williams said. ''But he's a good player, and you tip your hat to him. I thought we did not respect him enough.''

''It's just about relaxing and shooting my shot,'' Gordon surmised.

That hot shooting trend held true for many of his teammates as well. After failing to shoot 50% from the field in any of its first 19 games, Orlando topped that mark for the second time in two nights.

The Magic shot 57.6% from the field, topping their then season-best 51.1% in a 127-120 victory at Washington on Tuesday night. They scored more than 125 points for the second consecutive outing, a feat they have accomplished only two other times in franchise history.

''Our No. 1 weakness so far this year has been 3-point shooting. I believe we were 30th,'' Orlando coach Steve Clifford said of his team, which actually entered the game 29th in the NBA at 32.1% from 3-point range. ''Last year, I think we were 11th. We have good shooters getting into rhythm, and they're starting to shoot the ball better.''

TIP INS:

Suns: The Magic's 57.6% shooting was the worst defensive showing of the season for Phoenix, topping the 57.3% it allowed in a loss at Washington on Nov. 27 .... G Ricky Rubio started despite an injury to his left hand sustained on Monday night at Charlotte.

Magic: G Michael Carter-Willams did not play due to a nasal contusion sustained when he caught an elbow from Washington's Bradley Beal on Tuesday night ... F Al-Farouq Aminu (torn right meniscus) is awaiting word on whether he will need surgery.

FOUL TREATMENT:

Booker spent several minutes on the bench receiving treatment on his back after taking a hard fall while scoring a layup that gave his team a 20-14 lead. He ultimately returned before halftime, but his coach was displeased a foul was not called on the play.

''He's tough. You guys have seen him,'' Williams said. ''I don't think he gets enough respect from the referees. What do you have to do? Get a tech, go act like you don't have any sense, for a guy to get a foul? That was a foul. We don't need to go to the league and have a conversation with them about it. That was a foul.''

MORE FROM MO:

While Gordon's torrid shooting pace stole the show, Mo Bamba quietly put together a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds in less than 19 minutes of action. His success on the glass helped lead the Magic to a 45-29 advantage in total rebounds.

''Tonight might have been his best game,'' Clifford said. ''He's in a routine and he does a good job with it. He's made good progress since last year.''

UP NEXT:

Suns: At New Orleans on Thursday night.

Magic: At Cleveland on Friday night.

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41   Kelly Oubre Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Jonathan Isaac  
11:37   Offensive rebound by Kelly Oubre Jr.  
11:36 +2 Kelly Oubre Jr. made dunk 2-0
11:19 +2 Markelle Fultz made layup, assist by Jonathan Isaac 2-2
11:03 +2 Dario Saric made driving layup, assist by Frank Kaminsky 4-2
10:52 +2 Evan Fournier made driving layup, assist by Markelle Fultz 4-4
10:42   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
10:37   Personal foul on Kelly Oubre Jr.  
10:29   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   PHO team rebound  
10:17   Devin Booker missed jump shot  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Markelle Fultz  
10:06   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
9:59   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
9:59   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
9:52 +2 Khem Birch made dunk 4-6
9:50 +3 Frank Kaminsky made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 7-6
9:30 +2 Markelle Fultz made jump shot 7-8
9:10   Kelly Oubre Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
9:00   Bad pass turnover on Markelle Fultz, stolen by Kelly Oubre Jr.  
8:46   Shooting foul on Khem Birch  
8:46 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 8-8
8:46 +1 Dario Saric made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-8
8:33   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre Jr.  
8:16 +2 Devin Booker made layup, assist by Frank Kaminsky 11-8
8:02 +3 Aaron Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 11-11
7:50   Ricky Rubio missed layup, blocked by Markelle Fultz  
7:50   PHO team rebound  
7:45 +2 Frank Kaminsky made hook shot 13-11
7:29 +2 Jonathan Isaac made driving layup, assist by Aaron Gordon 13-13
7:19 +3 Frank Kaminsky made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dario Saric 16-13
7:06   Shooting foul on Ricky Rubio  
7:06   Khem Birch missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:06   ORL team rebound  
7:06 +1 Khem Birch made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-14
6:52   Frank Kaminsky missed jump shot  
6:49   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
6:42   Personal foul on Dario Saric  
6:32   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
6:30   Defensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky  
6:19   Kelly Oubre Jr. missed jump shot  
6:16   Offensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky  
6:15 +2 Frank Kaminsky made dunk 18-14
5:58   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
5:56   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
5:47 +2 Devin Booker made driving layup 20-14
5:40   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre Jr.  
5:31   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:27   Offensive rebound by Ricky Rubio  
5:27   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
5:13   Lost ball turnover on Evan Fournier, stolen by Kelly Oubre Jr.  
5:09 +2 Devin Booker made layup, assist by Kelly Oubre Jr. 22-14
4:53   Backcourt turnover on Evan Fournier  
4:39   Devin Booker missed jump shot  
4:36   ORL team rebound  
4:24   Jonathan Isaac missed jump shot  
4:22   Defensive rebound by Devin Booker  
4:15   Bad pass turnover on Devin Booker, stolen by Terrence Ross  
4:08   Personal foul on Frank Kaminsky  
3:53   D.J. Augustin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:49   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
3:42   Offensive foul on Terrence Ross  
3:42   Turnover on Terrence Ross  
3:27   Ty Jerome missed turnaround jump shot  
3:24   Defensive rebound by Wes Iwundu  
3:16 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 22-17
3:16   Shooting foul on Kelly Oubre Jr.  
3:16 +1 Terrence Ross made free throw 22-18
3:07   Devin Booker missed fade-away jump shot  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Wes Iwundu  
2:59 +2 Aaron Gordon made dunk, assist by Wes Iwundu 22-20
2:48 +3 Frank Kaminsky made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Jerome 25-20
2:31 +2 Terrence Ross made floating jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 25-22
2:31   Shooting foul on Cameron Johnson  
2:31 +1 Terrence Ross made free throw 25-23
2:16 +3 Cameron Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Jerome 28-23
1:49 +2 Terrence Ross made jump shot 28-25
1:37 +3 Ty Jerome made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Frank Kaminsky 31-25
1:17   Bad pass turnover on Terrence Ross, stolen by Ty Jerome  
1:14 +2 Mikal Bridges made layup, assist by Devin Booker 33-25
1:14   Shooting foul on Terrence Ross  
1:14 +1 Mikal Bridges made free throw 34-25
0:52 +2 Wes Iwundu made jump shot, assist by Aaron Gordon 34-27
0:34   Ty Jerome missed floating jump shot  
0:32   PHO team rebound  
0:30 +3 Cheick Diallo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Jerome 37-27
0:11 +2 Aaron Gordon made jump shot 37-29
0:02   Bad pass turnover on Ty Jerome, stolen by Aaron Gordon  
0:00 +2 Wes Iwundu made layup, assist by Aaron Gordon 37-31
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Terrence Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Cheick Diallo  
11:25   Shooting foul on Mo Bamba  
11:25 +1 Cheick Diallo made 1st of 2 free throws 38-31
11:25 +1 Cheick Diallo made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-31
11:08   D.J. Augustin missed driving layup  
11:02   Offensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
11:02 +2 Mo Bamba made dunk 39-33
10:54 +2 Cheick Diallo made jump shot, assist by Mikal Bridges 41-33
10:32   Terrence Ross missed finger-roll layup  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Cameron Johnson  
10:18   Ty Jerome missed driving layup, blocked by Mo Bamba  
10:18   PHO team rebound  
10:15   Cameron Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:13   Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross  
10:00 +3 Aaron Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 41-36
9:39   Cheick Diallo missed layup  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
9:21 +3 Mo Bamba made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 41-39
9:07   Cameron Johnson missed jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by D.J. Augustin  
9:00 +3 D.J. Augustin made 3-pt. jump shot 41-42
9:00   Shooting foul on Jevon Carter  
9:00 +1 D.J. Augustin made free throw 41-43
8:43   Ricky Rubio missed fade-away jump shot, blocked by Mo Bamba  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross  
8:33   Terrence Ross missed floating jump shot  
8:31   Offensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
8:31   Out of bounds turnover on Mo Bamba  
8:20   Dario Saric missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
8:02   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
8:00   Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
7:53 +2 Mikal Bridges made layup, assist by Jevon Carter 43-43
7:39   D.J. Augustin missed jump shot  
7:37   Offensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
7:37 +2 Mo Bamba made dunk 43-45
7:28   Shooting foul on Wes Iwundu  
7:28 +1 Dario Saric made 1st of 2 free throws 44-45
7:28   Dario Saric missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Mo Bamba  
7:18   Bad pass turnover on D.J. Augustin, stolen by Ricky Rubio  
7:15 +2 Ricky Rubio made layup 46-45
7:15   Violation  
6:55   Terrence Ross missed hook shot  
6:52   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
6:51 +2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk 46-47
6:33 +2 Frank Kaminsky made layup, assist by Devin Booker 48-47
6:18   Jonathan Isaac missed turnaround jump shot  
6:12   ORL team rebound  
6:12   Jumpball  
5:52   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
5:52 +1 D.J. Augustin made 1st of 3 free throws 48-48
5:52 +1 D.J. Augustin made 2nd of 3 free throws 48-49
5:52 +1 D.J. Augustin made 3rd of 3 free throws 48-50
5:45 +2 Devin Booker made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 50-50
5:22   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:20   Offensive rebound by Evan Fournier  
5:18 +2 Evan Fournier made jump shot 50-52
4:58   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Markelle Fultz  
4:43 +2 Jonathan Isaac made turnaround jump shot, assist by Evan Fournier 50-54
4:31   Kelly Oubre Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:28   Defensive rebound by Markelle Fultz  
4:13 +2 D.J. Augustin made finger-roll layup 50-56
3:57   Traveling violation turnover on Dario Saric  
3:46 +2 Khem Birch made dunk, assist by Evan Fournier 50-58
3:36 +2 Ricky Rubio made jump shot 52-58
3:17   Evan Fournier missed driving layup  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky  
3:10   Devin Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:04   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
3:02   Devin Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:58   Offensive rebound by Dario Saric  
2:52 +2 Frank Kaminsky made layup, assist by Kelly Oubre Jr. 54-58
2:37   Markelle Fultz missed layup  
2:35   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
2:20 +2 Frank Kaminsky made dunk, assist by Dario Saric 56-58
2:01   Out of bounds turnover on Khem Birch  
1:50   Frank Kaminsky missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:47   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
1:42   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
1:38   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
1:36 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khem Birch 56-61
1:24   Personal foul on Evan Fournier  
1:18   Devin Booker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:17   ORL team rebound  
1:04 +2 Aaron Gordon made layup, assist by Markelle Fultz 56-63
1:04   Shooting foul on Devin Booker  
1:04   Aaron Gordon missed free throw  
1:01   Defensive rebound by Dario Saric  
0:45 +2 Frank Kaminsky made floating jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 58-63
0:36   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Devin Booker  
0:15   Offensive foul on Devin Booker  
0:15   Turnover on Devin Booker  
0:02 +2 Evan Fournier made driving layup 58-65
0:00   Ricky Rubio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   PHO team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Markelle Fultz missed turnaround jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Frank Kaminsky  
11:30 +3 Devin Booker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ricky Rubio 61-65
11:05   Shooting foul on Dario Saric  
11:05   Jonathan Isaac missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:05   ORL team rebound  
11:05 +1 Jonathan Isaac made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-66
10:52   Kelly Oubre Jr. missed jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
10:41 +3 Aaron Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 61-69
10:24   Devin Booker missed floating jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
10:17 +3 Aaron Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 61-72
9:52   Personal foul on Aaron Gordon  
9:52   Bad pass turnover on Dario Saric, stolen by Evan Fournier