The pro-tanking crowd will be disappointed by tonight's result, but it's hard to argue that this game was a negative for the team's big picture. After rookie Devin Booker scored a career-high 34 points last night, it was Alex Len's turn to impress, scoring a career-high 31 points and pulling down 15 rebounds to snap Phoenix's 17-game losing streak with a 102-84 win in Orlando.
Phoenix held a 51-49 lead with 2:12 left in the 2nd quarter after Nikola Vucevic made a jump shot, but the Suns would outscore the Magic 7-1 to end the half with a 58-50 lead — their largest lead at halftime on the road since leading by nine on Dec. 4 against Washington. But it got even uglier for the Magic, as they pulled off a vanishing act that would've made Criss Angel proud, going scoreless in the 3rd quarter for the first 6:36 until an Elfrid Payton layup finally broke the seal. By then, though, Phoenix had extended its lead to 74-52, and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over.
Len got the Suns going quick, scoring 14 points in the 1st quarter as he and Vucevic engaged in a battle of the bigs all night, which Len won. But Len wasn't the only positive. Tyson Chandler also recorded a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds), Ronnie Price had 14 points and five steals, and Booker chipped in 14 points and six assists.
The Magic were led by Payton's 19 points and 11 assists but struggled all night to generate offense without Victor Oladipo. Orlando shot 34.7 percent from the field, which is the lowest field-goal percentage by a Suns opponent since Mar. 14, 2014 (30.9 percent).