Recap: Magic 115, Suns 94

November 4, 2012

From an outside perspective, there was a lot of negativity heading into the Magic’s 2012-13 regular season campaign.

An analyst, who shall remain nameless, pegged the team for a mere 16 wins. Others criticized the squad for a number of issues, ranging from the value received in return for Dwight Howard to Orlando’s overall inexperience.

While that was the view from outside Amway Center, internally the team never let the negativity inside the building.

"As coaches we've lived in a positive world,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained. “ And that's the world we want to live in."

Even without Jameer Nelson (hamstring and groin strains) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken hand), Orlando produced a balanced scoring effort and managed to overcome an early 14-point deficit and emerge with a 21-point victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

“What I like most is that every guy, whether he gets four minutes or 30 minutes, we give everything we have and that's what we need to do,” said Magic center Nikola Vucevic. “We always play as one and that's why it's fun to play for this team.”

Vucevic was one of five Orlando players to score at least 15, notching 18 points and 13 rebounds, while going against former Magic center Marcin Gortat in spurts. While a contingent of observers thought center would be a glaring weakness for Orlando this season, Vucevic is changing minds by the second, perhaps displaying future All-Star potential.

The list of positives to the Magic’s start is seemingly endless.

There’s J.J. Redick’s efficient offense, which equated to a game-high 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor. Or Glen Davis’ game-changing intensity that led to a 14-point third quarter effort.

Perhaps Arron Afflalo’s 22-point bounce-back performance impressed you?

If not, E’Twaun Moore, who racked up 15 points and six assists while filling in for Nelson, had to give any Magic fan a sense of optimism.

“I haven’t hung one clipping up, one quote from a writer from any sort of publication and I won’t be doing it,” Vaughn explained. “We work every day, we’re professionals, this is our job and with hard work comes a chance for success.”
"There are no All-Stars here. There's no guy that you give the ball to and say you give us a bucket. We've got players that need each other and that's the mindset that we're going to take. We want to go somewhere far and we cant go alone. If we want to go somewhere we have to go together." - Glen Davis on his team's identity.
For the second straight game, the statline of the night goes to Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and picked two pockets.
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