There are games that teams considered to be in the upper-echelon of the league are supposed to win, every time out. For the Brooklyn Nets this season, games like the second part of the home-at-home against the Orlando Magic Sunday from the Barclays', are those games, where they are expected to win. The blew a 22-point lead against the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, losing a game they should have won. For this night, the Nets did not disappoint, as they led on to beat the Magic for the second time by an 82-74 score.
The Magic made it interesting by cutting the score to 75-70 with two minutes remaining, after trailing by as many as 20 at one point. Deron Williams were able to answer on the offense end, and Kris Humphries made a huge momentum- killing block to end the threat, and prevent another serious collapse from occuring. Humphries tallied 14 points and an impressive 21 rebounds on the night, with Williams adding 17 points and 7 assists, and Lopez scored 20 points and block three shots as the Nets, once again, played without Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks. The Magic, playing without Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu, were led by 19 points each from Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis, who also added 10 boards and two blocks, and by Nikola Vucevics 14 point, 12 rebound effort.
The 3-2 Nets travel to Cleveland to take on the 2-5 Cavaliers on Tuesday, while the Magic stay in New York to take on the Knicks.
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