Magic begin Johnny Davis era in Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic begin the Johnny Davis
era tonight, as they land in Phoenix to face the Suns at America West Arena.
The Magic fired head coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday and named Davis as his
replacement. The move came after Monday’s loss to Utah, which dropped the
team to 1-10.
Davis does have previous head coaching experience. He went 22-60 with the
Philadelphia 76ers during the 1996-97 campaign in his only year with the
Orlando dropped a 90-88 decision to the Jazz at the Delta Center on Monday
despite a game-high 29 points from Tracy McGrady. It was the 10th straight
loss for the Magic after they won their season-opener against New York in
Juwan Howard scored 21 points for Orlando, but Carlos Arroyo hit a pair of
free throws with 29.4 seconds remaining to give Utah a 90-88 lead with 29
McGrady missed a jumper with 16 seconds left, but this time Arroyo missed a
pair of free throws to give the Magic another chance. Derrick Dial’s jumper
was off the mark, but Utah turned the ball over with one second remaining to
give the Magic yet another opportunity. McGrady’s desperation shot missed
everything and the Jazz escaped with the win.
Phoenix halted a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 95-82 win over the
Chicago Bulls in the second of a four-game homestand.
Amare Stoudemire collected 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Suns. Shawn
Marion added 19 points as six Phoenix players finished in double figures.
Zarko Cabarkapa contributed a career-high 14 points and Stephon Marbury had 10
points and 12 assists for the Suns.
Joe Johnson added 11 points in the win for Phoenix, while Jake Voskuhl had 12.
Phoenix has won two straight and eight of the last 11 meetings with the Magic.
The Suns have taken four of the last six meetings in Arizona.
The Magic are 1-4 on the road this season and have yet to pick up a win in six
matchups with Western Conference teams.
Phoenix is 3-3 at home and holds a 2-2 record against the Eastern Conference.