The Magic rode that boost into the final period and the Suns never really threatened the rest of the way as Orlando continued to get shots to fall in bunches.
For the game, Orlando connected on 9 of 11 3-pointers. The Magic held a double-digit advantage on points in the paint for the second consecutive game.
During the Nuggets' win, Vaughn managed to mask the youth and inexperience on his roster with a strong shooting night and a huge advantage scoring in the paint.
There was no hiding it Sunday, though, as Phoenix spread the floor and pushed the pace early. It forced the youthful Magic lineup into several ball control turnovers in the half court, which keyed several Suns' breaks in the early going.
Phoenix also lived in the paint in the first two quarters, scoring 26 of their points there in building a 56-46 halftime lead.
Scola was the most active for Phoenix, scoring 16 points for a Suns' team that shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes.
The Magic stayed within striking distance, though, connecting on all four of their attempts from beyond the arc.
NOTES: There was a 12-minute delay between the first and second quarters after the net was partially torn down during a trampoline dunking promotion. ...Vaughn said he expects the night off Sunday to give Nelson an extra day to be ready for their first road trip beginning Tuesday in Chicago. ... Turkoglu had surgery Saturday on the broken bone in his left hand. He'll miss at least four weeks. ... Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he's known Vaughn since he was in high school and pointed out other shared connections as a former assistant at Vaughn's collegiate alma mater Kansas and later with the Spurs. Gentry said he expects the first-year coach to have a long career in the NBA coaching ranks. "If you really look at it, we've kind of been to the same places," he said. "He's gonna be fine."
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