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Jalen Suggs helps Magic stave off road-weary Warriors

Jalen Suggs helps Magic stave off road-weary Warriors

ACTION-PACKED. Magic guard Jalen Suggs (left) drives to the basket against Warriors forward Draymond Green as Magic's Wendell Carter Jr. and Warriors' Steph Curry looks on.

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The Magic add to the Warriors’ woes as the defending champions blow a 16-point lead on the way to dropping their sixth game in nine outings

Jalen Suggs bombed in a tiebreaking three-pointer, then turned a steal into an eventual difference-making free throw as the host Orlando Magic continued the Golden State Warriors’ miserable road trip with a 130-129 triumph on Thursday night, November 3 (Friday, November 4, Manila time).

Seeking their first win in four tries on a five-game trip, the Warriors led by as many as 16 points, 73-57, in the second half. Yet Golden State still had to rally from a late seven-point deficit to draw even at 126-all on Curry’s eighth three-pointer of the game with 59.3 seconds left.

The Magic tried unsuccessfully to get the ball to Franz Wagner on their ensuing possession, leaving Suggs no choice but to hoist a shot-clock-beating triple from well beyond the arc. It rattled in, giving Orlando a three-point lead with 37.7 seconds left.

Curry rushed the ball up the court, but threw it right to Suggs, who was fouled with 31.5 seconds to go. The former Gonzaga star missed his first attempt, but made the second to extend the lead to four.

The Warriors still managed to get a shot at a win after Klay Thompson’s three-pointer and Paolo Banchero’s turnover with 4.9 seconds to play. 

But the Magic shut off Curry on Golden State’s last possession, forcing a pass to Thompson, who misfired badly on a buzzer-beating 18-footer.

Suggs led a balanced attack with 26 points for the Magic, who were playing just their third home game of the season. Winless on the road, they are now 2-1 at home.

Banchero (22), Wagner (19), Chuma Okeke (16), RJ Hampton (15), Wendell Carter Jr. (14), and Kevon Harris (12) also scored in double figures for Orlando, which outshot the visitors 53.8% to 51.5%.

Okeke and Carter each hauled in a game-high 9 rebounds.

Suggs, who also found time for a game-high-tying 9 assists, and Banchero combined for 12 free throw points, helping the hosts run up a 33-10 advantage at the foul line. Orlando took 46 foul shots to Golden State’s 15.

Curry finished with a game-high 39 points and Thompson had 27 for the Warriors, who had lost to Charlotte, Detroit, and Miami in the previous five days. They complete their week-long trip Friday at New Orleans.

Curry, who matched Suggs’ assist total with 9, shot 8-of-15 on three-pointers and Thompson made 7-of-15, propelling Golden State to a 57-39 advantage in points from beyond the arc.

Kevon Looney added 17 points to go with a team-high 7 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins had 15 points and Jordan Poole 11 for the Warriors, who fell to 0-5 on the road and 3-6 overall to start the season. –

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