By John Denton
ORLANDO -- Time and time again, the Orlando Magic made charges at the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night only to have their hopes dashed by an inability to get consecutive defensive stops.
The Suns got little to no help from the free throw line, making (one) and attempting (three) the fewest free throws ever by a Magic opponent. Instead, Phoenix silenced the Magic by making one jumper after another.
Forced to play from behind most of the night because of a slow start, Orlando got within three points of the lead three times in Sunday’s second half, only to be turned back by a Phoenix team that has been one of the NBA’s surprise teams. A spirited fourth-quarter Magic run made it close, but the Suns ultimately pulled away late for a 104-96 win that was their first in Orlando since 2007.
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