Magic, Fournier score late vic­tory

Steady Or­lando de­fense holds back Golden State of­fense, 100-96

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Roy Parry

The Or­lando Magic got just enough of­fense down the stretch.

Their de­fense, on the other hand, was steady all night.

Evan Fournier scored a season-high 32 points, in­clud­ing a cru­cial bas­ket near the end, and the Magic de­liv­ered a se­ries of clutch plays in the clos­ing min­utes to pull out a 100-96 win over the Golden State War­riors on

Sun­day at Amway Cen­ter.

“I thought we played bet­ter in the se­cond half and we made the plays at the end of the game to win,” Magic coach Steve Clif­ford said.

Ter­rence Ross fin­ished with 19 points while Jonathan Isaac had 14 points, 11 re­bounds and five blocks for Or­lando (8-11). Markelle Fultz to­taled 14 points and nine as­sists — with no turnovers — for the Magic, who im­proved to 7-4 at home.

Glenn Robin­son III had 19 points, Eric Paschall had 17 and Alec Burks had 15 for the War­riors (4-17), who fin­ish their Florida swing 0-2 af­ter los­ing to the Heat on Fri­day.

The Magic played without start­ing cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic (an­kle), re­serve guard Michael Carter-Wil­liams (hip) and re­serve for­ward Al-Farouq Aminu (knee).

And it wasn’t easy, even against a Golden State team without stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thomp­son and D’An­gelo Rus­sell.

Af­ter a Robin­son 3-pointer from the cor­ner put the War­riors up 89-86 with 3:30 left to play, the Magic scored the next nine points to go up 95-89 as Fultz started the run with a 17-foot pull-up jumper.

Their big­gest plays were on de

WIL­LIE J. ALLEN JR./AP

Or­lando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) cel­e­brates with guard Ter­rence Ross (8) dur­ing the team’s win over the Golden State War­riors Sun­day.

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