Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic (4-9). Goran Dragic had 23 points and a back-breaking, step-back 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
Orlando was back in action for a second time in as many nights after losing 101-99 in heartbreaking fashion in Miami on Saturday. Orlando led that game by 16 points in the first half and was tied at 99-all in the final minute. LeBron James hit a game-winning jump shot with 15 seconds to play.
The Magic are in a difficult stretch of four games in five nights. The team will be off on Monday and will fly to Atlanta for a Tuesday game against the Hawks. Orlando will be back at the Amway Center on Wednesday to face the Philadelphia 76ers. And the day after Thanksgiving, Orlando will host the San Antonio Spurs for their fifth game in seven nights.
Down nine points at the half, Orlando made several runs in the third period, but it could never pull into the lead. Defense was the culprit most of the game as the Magic couldn’t put together consecutive stops. After getting to within 66-63 on three free throws by Afflalo, Orlando almost immediately yielded a Gerald Green 3-pointer that pushed the deficit back to six points. Phoenix led 80-72 after three periods.
Follow John Denton on Twitter here