In their first two matchups with the Brooklyn Nets, the Orlando Magic couldn’t figure out a way to knock off the NBA’s newest team. Things didn’t get any better the third time around, as the Nets beat the Magic 98-86 on Friday night at the Amway Center.
Brooklyn (11-4) won its fifth straight game behind 22 points from Joe Johnson. Gerald Wallace added 20 points, while Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds, Kris Humphries recorded 11 points and seven rebounds, and Deron Williams finished with 11 points and seven assists.
The Nets outshot Orlando 45.8% (38 of 83) to 44.9% (35 of 78) from the field and 55.0% (11 of 20) to 9.1% (1 of 11) from behind the arc. In addition, they held a 41-36 advantage on the boards.
Brooklyn outscored the Magic 25-21 in the first quarter before being outscored 23-20 in the second frame. The visitors won the third period 31-21 and outscored Orlando 22-21 in the fourth.
"That's a big discrepancy," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the difference in 3-point shooting. "I think we had good looks tonight from 3 that just didn't go in and that's part of basketball."
Orlando travels to face the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 pm on Sunday. FS Florida will carry the game.
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