Wins were hard to come by last season for the Orlando Magic, as Frank Vogel’s club won 29 games in the 2016-2017 campaign. Changing of the team’s culture is something Vogel was brought in to help with and early on the Magic are trending the right way.
Orlando received a career night from forward Aaron Gordon, who scored a game-high 41 points in the Magic’s 125-121 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night at the Amway Center. The Magic improve to 3-1 on the season and look to string three wins in a row when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
“I just know that our team this year has a belief in itself,” Vogel said. “We just have a feeling like we’re going to have a good season and we’re going to get over the hump this year. Everybody is bringing purity to their effort and their focus. So far, early on, it’s resulting in a couple of wins, but we’ve still got a lot of work to get done because we can play a lot better than we did.’’
Gordon had his best game of the young season, as the 22-year old went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and shot 14-of-18 from the field. The forward also made 8-of-10 on free throws and collected 14 rebounds.
“I definitely shot the ball well,” Gordon said. ”Regardless of the statistics, regardless of the numbers that I shot, I’m going to continue to shoot my shot. I feel that I’m open and that I’m in rhythm, whatever happens after that it’s out of my control. I’m going to take what I know I can do.”
After being tied at 61-all at halftime, Brooklyn (2-2) controlled the third quarter and out scored the Magic 35-26 in the period. The final quarter would belong to Orlando, however, and the Magic edged the Nets 38-25 and got some clutch shooting from Gordon, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining. Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin added 28 and 19 points, respectively.