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.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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