MEXICO CITY — After the Orlando Magic accomplished a two-game sweep of the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in Mexico, capturing guard Evan Fournier poked enjoyable at doing so regardless of little encouragement from the native crowds.
“Yeah, we felt extra help tonight,” Fournier mentioned after Saturday’s 96-89 win over the Jazz on the Enviornment Ciudad de Mexico. “However I did get booed on the line on the finish of the sport. I believe followers simply wished a detailed sport,” he added, smiling.
Although Orlando anticipated to see its Thursday opponent, the Bulls, with the lion’s share of followers, Saturday’s matchup drew extra cheers for the Jazz all through the sport. Maybe it was nostalgia for the John Stockton-Karl Malone period. Or possibly it was Donovan Mitchell repping the Mexican nationwide soccer group earlier than and after the sport with a customized jersey with “Spida,” his nickname, and the quantity 45.
Feelin’ the jersey, @spidadmitchell �� pic.twitter.com/cVvY0SIH2D
– Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 15, 2018
“I rooted for them and different groups [during the World Cup], however all of them misplaced,” Mitchell joked. “I used to be their bad-luck attraction.”
Regardless of the relative chilly shoulder from básquetbol followers in Mexico, Magic coach Steve Clifford is assured that his group’s performances can garner the group extra help south of the border. “Oh, yeah, successful will at all times try this,” Clifford mentioned on Wednesday earlier than his group practiced prior to its matchup with the Bulls.
Nikola Vucevic secures the win for the Magic with a midrange jumper within the ultimate 30 seconds.
By all of it, the Magic did get occasional roars from the sellout crowds in each video games. On Saturday, heart Nikola Vucevic elicited an enormous cheer with a robust blocked shot, whereas backup capturing guard Terrence Ross acquired them out of their seats with a pivotal Three-pointer within the second half.
Each video games additionally represented a few of the largest crowds the Magic have seen all season. Thursday’s sport drew 20,021 ticket holders, whereas Saturday’s noticed 20,011. Prior to these video games, Orlando’s largest dwelling crowd was 19,249 on Nov. 17 in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Orlando’s foray into Mexico additionally helped cease its three-game skid. “It was a great enterprise trip,” mentioned Clifford. “However we’d like to get higher at successful video games at dwelling, in Orlando.”