The Brooklyn Nets traveled to Orlando to face the Magic Friday night, badly needing to make a statement after two straight hard losses to the Minnesota TimberWolves and Miami Heat, and having dropped nine straight to the host Magic team. But that of course, was a Magic team that had Dwight Howard, which it doesn't have anymore. As a result, the Nets, particularly Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche, were able to manhandle the Magic to the score of 107-68, in a game the Nets never trailed.
The Nets were able to show their superiority in virtually every way possible Friday. The Magic only made four free throws compared to the Nets 16; the Nets bench outscored the Magic 55-18; and the Nets outrebound the Magic 48-35. Lopez had 14 points, 10 boards, and three blocks on the night, while Blatche led the team with 15 points, to go with nine boards and a block. Second year man E'Twaan Moore led the Magic, who played without Jameer Nelson, with 18 points but had six turnovers, as the Nets also led the Magic in steals, with nine total compared to three by Orlando. The Nets bench was handed the game in the second half, as most of the starters were rested, and they did the rest, as even Jerry Stackhouse scored 11 points in the blowout, which the Nets played without Gerald Wallace for the third straight game, and also without MarShon Brooks, who twisted his ankle earlier in the day and was in street clothes.
Sunday these two teams will meet again, this time at the Barclays' Center, as the Magic hope to rebound, and the Nets hope to keep the momentum going. Tip off is at 3pm.
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