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Suns falter in Orlando, drop to the Magic
Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the Phoenix Suns 103-93 on Wednesday night.
Orlando led by as many as 22 points before the Suns surged with under five minutes to play. But the Magic, who were 11 for 23 from beyond the arc, were able to string together enough baskets down the stretch to hold on to the victory.
The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the sixth time in seven matchups with the Suns in Orlando.
Jared Dudley had 17 points and Robin Lopez added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Suns.
Phoenix lost its second straight game since a season-best, four-game win streak.
The Magic had committed 59 turnovers in their previous three games but had just six in the first half, which made for a much more productive night in their half-court sets.
They finished with 17 for the game, proving their turnover woes aren't over yet.
After building a double-digit halftime lead, Orlando started slowly in the second half before pushing it to 22 with less than 8 minutes to play in the game.
The Suns used a 15-4 run to cut it to 96-85 with 4:30 left before Jameer Nelson's basket and Anderson's seventh 3 of the game helped close things out.
Anderson hit four 3-pointers and had 15 points to help the Magic dominate the first half, building as much as a 14-point advantage.
Howard also had his way on the inside with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Nine turnovers also contributed to what wound up being a 13-point halftime deficit for the Suns. Dudley and Steve Nash were the bright spots with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
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