Lakeland, FLA – In their eleventh game of the season, the Lakeland Magic (6-5), NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, lost to the Northern Arizona Suns (5-6), the Phoenix Sun’s affiliate, by a final score of 128-105. In an offensive shootout for the entirety of the matchup, both teams shot over 50% from the field to go along with over 40% from three-point range.
The Magic finished with the second highest field goal percentage of their inaugural season as they reached 100 points for the 6th time this season. The team was led by Affiliate Player, Troy Caupain with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. His 28 points were a season and G League career-high for Caupain. Two-Way Player, Jamel Artis followed with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Fellow Two-Way Player, Adreian Payne in his first official start for the Lakeland Magic logged a season-high 60% from the field which led to 13 points and 7 rebounds for the power forward. The Lakeland Magic’s other double digit scorers on the night were Assignment Player, Khem Birch with 15 points and Returning Rights Player, John Petrucelli with 11 points off the bench.
The Suns’ bench made the difference in the game with 61 points off the bench and for the first time this season, seven different Northern Arizona Suns players scored in double figures. Josh Gray had 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, while Affiliate Player, Derrick Jones Jr. had 21 points and 7 rebounds off the bench to help lead the team. Starting guard Askia Booker also chipped in 22 points with four three-pointers. Former No.1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic held the Suns’ two-way players in check with only allowing 22 points combined between Mike Young and Alec Peters.
The Magic had a one point advantage at halftime with a strong finish to the quarter from Troy Caupain. The Suns took over the following 12 minutes to take a 17-point lead when the buzzer hit at the end of the third quarter. The Suns and their bench helped pull away from the Magic in the second half, leading by as many as 25 points to beat the Magic, 128-105 (23 points).