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Suns’ big 3 shine in 112-107 win over Orlando Magic

Dec 31, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are heading into the new year with a three-game winning streak as they took down the Orlando Magic with a final score of 112-107.

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With a fully healthy big three, the Suns’ stars flexed their muscles with an all-around complete game. Leading the pack was Kevin Durant with 31 points, followed by Bradley Beal with 25 (a new high with the Suns), and last but not least, Devin Booker with 21.

In the 1st quarter, the Suns put up 37 points, mainly led by Bradley Beal. From there, they continued to lead all the way until the 4th quarter. At one point, the Suns held a 16-point advantage.

Eerily similar to what the fans inside the Footprint Center have seen many times before this season, the Suns struggled to shoot the ball down the stretch. With 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Orlando took a quick 2-point lead.

However, this did not hold for longer than a few seconds as the Suns took back control of the game and ran away with it.

After the win, Bradley Beal commented, “They made us work a little bit harder than we would have liked.”

While it was not necessarily a strong night from beyond the arc, Eric Gordon notably went 0-3 from deep, Phoenix did find success in their mid-range game. Bradley Beal, in particular, shot 10-13.

Of the 112 points scored, 106 came from Phoenix’s starting 5, with each finishing in double figures.

As for the Magic, Jalen Suggs had an extremely difficult shooting night as he made just 1 shot on 10 attempts. Leading Orlando were Franz Wagner with 27 and Paolo Banchero with 28.

Next up for the Suns is a meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night. These two teams have already met twice this season, both taking one game.

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