(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns were able to get back in the win column
their last time out and will begin a tour through Florida with Sunday's test
with the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.
The Suns will visit the Miami Heat on Monday and opened their three-game road
trip with Friday's 98-91 win at Charlotte. Channing Frye led the way with a
season-high 20 points, P.J. Tucker netted 17 and both Gerald Green and Goran
Dragic scored 14 points, helping the Suns halt a four-game slide after a 5-2
Phoenix was able to fend off the Bobcats to stop a three-game road skid.
"I'll take a win but that was pretty sketchy at the end," said Frye. "We're
young and still trying to figure it out, but winning is winning and I'll take
that any day of the week."
Green filled in once again for guard Eric Bledsoe, who is out indefinitely
with a bruised shin, and is posting an average of 17.1 points in seven starts
this season. Green has scored 10 or more points in three straight and nine of
Orlando has lost three in a row and was swept in a home-and-home series with
the two-time defending champion Heat. In Saturday's 101-99 loss in south
Florida, LeBron James knocked down the go-ahead jumper with 15.1 seconds to go
and the Magic fell to 1-6 in the last seven games.
Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo both missed shots in the waning seconds for
Orlando, which finished 46.6 percent shooting for the game and welcomed the
return of power forward Glen Davis. Davis made his season debut while
recovering from a foot injury and scored a team-high 20 points off the bench.
Davis was excited to get back to work.
"I wouldn't want to come back against no other team; this was a great game to
come back and play," said Davis, who hadn't played since breaking the fifth
metatarsal in his left foot on Jan. 30 and needed two procedures. "I'm just
happy to be back, whether we played the NBA champs or if we played the
Pelicans or something. I'm just happy to play basketball and show the world
that I can contribute to a team. I'm just happy that I'm back."
Afflalo and Oladipo scored 18 and 17 points, respectively, and E'Twaun Moore
chipped in 14 as a reserve in a losing cause. Miami has won seven straight
against the Magic.
Orlando won both meetings with Phoenix last season and is unbeaten in five
straight and seven of the last eight matchups between the teams. Phoenix has
lost five straight at Orlando and will host the Magic on March 19, 2014.
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