Tuesday, February 27

Suns hang on to down Magic behind Ayton, Payne late-game efforts

ORLANDO — The Phoenix Suns hate losing two games in a row.

It’s only happened three times this season.

Deandre Ayton and Cameron Payne made sure that rare history didn’t repeat itself Tuesday night.

The Suns bounced back from Sunday’s loss in Milwaukee in a rematch of last year’s finals to escape Orlando, 102-99, at Amway Center.

“I feel like we’ve been in situations like that a 1,000 times where teams feel like they got the momentum,” said Ayton, who finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds. “They go on a late run and we just start chipping down and play Suns basketball. Play defense and the sense of urgency is even higher. Just the willingness to win and play together.”


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