Take two wasn’t as bad as the first take, but it still wasn’t a win for the Orlando Magic, as they lost to the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days on Sunday at the Barclays Center. The final score was 82-74 in favor of the Nets.
“It’s just a matter of focus,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Offensive rebounds in the first half, totally different in the second half. They took two offensive rebounds in the second half and it wasn’t that way in the first half, so just the focus to get your guy off the board, help a teammate out. And then our pace, we pushed the ball; we tried to get early transition buckets, which helped us. It’s just an overall concerted effort focus-wise on what we were trying to do.”
Brook Lopez was Brooklyn’s leading scorer with 20 points, while Kris Humphries had 14 points and 21 rebounds. Deron Williams had 17 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists and Joe Johnson scored 13.
Orlando (2-4) got 19 points each from Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo, with Davis adding 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic also secured a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. J.J. Redick had a rough night shooting, going just 3 of 12 from the field and 0 of 4 from 3-point range, but he still just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine assists.
Neither team was very efficient from the field. Brooklyn (3-2) finished 29 of 78 (37.2%) from the field and 7 of 24 (29.2%) from behind the arc, while the Magic made 30 of 83 (36.1%) field goals and just 1 of 12 (8.3%) from downtown. Although Orlando held a 48-30 advantage on points in the paint, it was outrebounded 55-41.
Unlike Friday’s game, the Magic weren’t outscored in every quarter. As a matter of fact, the only quarter in which Brooklyn scored more points was the first, which they won by a 35-17 margin. Orlando won the second, third, and fourth periods 18-15, 18-13, and 21-19, but the Nets still captured an eight-point victory.
“The shots that we had tonight were good shots when you look on it,” Vaughn added. “It's just the matter at the beginning of the game having that focus for 48 minutes, not just three quarters or one quarter or one half. Soon as that ball is thrown up at the beginning of the game, that focus needs to be there.”
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