Magic, Fournier score late victory
Steady Orlando defense holds back Golden State offense, 100-96
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
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) celebrates with guard Terrence Ross (8) during the team’s win over the Golden State Warriors Sunday.