Beede’s Breakdown: How Magic came from behind to capture victory over Suns

Powered by disruptive defense, the Magic snapped a two-game losing streak in a physical contest against Phoenix on Sunday night.

Led by Paolo Banchero’s team-high 26 points, Orlando (24-22) overcame 44 from Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker to capture the 113-98 victory at Kia Center.

The Magic, who trailed by as many as 13 points, outscored the Suns 50-40 in the paint and took advantage of second-chance opportunities, totaling 22 points compared to 2 for Phoenix.

Defeating the Suns (26-20) and Kevin Durant (15 points) on the first night of a back-to-back, Orlando’s reward is a road meeting with four-time All-Star Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Monday in Dallas (Bally Sports Florida, 8:30 p.m.).

Starting 5

Guard Markelle Fultz and Jalen Suggs along with forwards Banchero and Franz Wagner plus center Wendell Carter Jr. made up Orlando’s first five on the floor.

Guarded by Durant at times, Banchero scored on all three levels but had his most success scoring near the basket. He shot 5 of 6 in the paint and was able to get to the free throw line where he finished 6 of 9.

Wagner wasn’t as efficient from the floor (3 of 11) but he hit timely shots, including a 3-pointer that put ahead Orlando ahead by 5 points with 6:41 remaining in the game. He grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists while still making an impact on the floor.

Fultz was effective on both ends by snagging 5 steals and pushing the pace on offense (7 of 10 shooting for 14 points). He added 4 assists while initiating the offense at times.

Suggs (10 points) picked up 4 fouls but helped offer strong defense with 2 steals and a block.

Orlando as a whole finished with 12 steals to force 22 turnovers by Phoenix that the Magic turned into 21 points.

Second Unit

Before emptying his bench near the end of the game, Magic coach Jamahl Mosley relied on a 10-man rotation with big men Joe Ingles, Moe Wagner and Jonathan Isaac along with guards Cole Anthony and Anthony Black coming off the bench.

Rookie Anthony continued to be in an offensive funk and picked up 3 fouls in less than three minutes of first-quarter action. Still, he was able to provide Orlando 5 quick points to open the fourth quarter and record 2 steals.

While Anthony struggled to score, it was Moe Wagner who led the bench in scoring with 16 points. Although he shot 5 of 13 from the floor, he went 6 of 8 from the free throw line.

He crashed the boards with success on both ends, grabbing 5 offensive rebounds to total 12. It marked Wagner’s second double-double of the season.

Isaac served as a game-changer by helping defending Booker and Durant at times. He notched a pair of dunks and sank a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to finish with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Ingles nailed a pair of triples, which was needed as Orlando was without veteran guard Gary Harris (right calf strain) for a 12th straight contest.

Rookie Watch

Black was part of the second unit playing alongside Anthony again, which at times allowed both guards to switch from playing on-ball and off it.

On the court for his defense and size, the No. 6 overall pick recorded a block in the fourth quarter to go with 4 points total and a rebound in 13 minutes.

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