Orlando Magic Get Blatched in Brooklyn Blizzard
The Orlando Magic came into a freezing and stormy Brooklyn and lost 101-90 to the hometown Nets. Andray Blatche was the game-high scorer with 18 points, and that’s all you really need to know to determine that Brooklyn won comfortably. The Magic had 5 players score in double figures, but Kyle O’Quinn and his 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks was the only true bright spot. Brooklyn’s 27-14 third quarter points advantage was the deciding factor in the contest.
- Before Tuesday, Brooklyn was 7-1 in January coughing up just 92.5 points per contest to foes. They conceded 102.4 ppg before that. Jason Kidd’s defensive principles seem to be sinking in.
- New York politicians pleaded for people to not venture out to Barclays Center, but stay indoors during Winter Storm Janus. Though there were plenty of empty seats, yet 15,482 still managed to “attend” the game.
- Jameer Nelson started at PG, it was his 622nd career game in a Magic jersey. ‘Mighty Mite’ now claims sole possession of 2nd place on the all-time franchise list, surpassing Dwight Howard.
- It was ‘Russian Night’ for the Nets with the home team being introduced in Russian. The Magic countered by wearing their Hardwood Classics jerseys on the road for the first time this season. Orlando is now 0-3 in those classic uniforms.
- Jameer Nelson assisted on the Magic’s first 5 field goal makes, and then Jacque Vaughn curiously subbed him out for E’Twaun Moore midway through the first with a 13-12 lead. Nelson finished with 9 points and 10 assists on the evening.
mBo Crown Royal #ReignOn Paul Pierce’s Age Tweet of the Night
Once again, I do not know how on earth people STILL fall for Pierce’s pump fake? It’s GLACIALLY slow and he ALWAYS does it.
— Kid Cocoa (@XYCromerSome) January 22, 2014
- Magic trailed 27-21 at the end of the 1st period. At least we got to witness Kyle O’Quinn get back-to-back blocks and then earn multiple And-1 scoring chances. That was fun. Be free, beard. KOQ really should start with Nikola Vucevic still out.
- Orlando trailed 46-42 at the break. The Magic’s 50 FG% was undone by 9 turnovers.
- The Magic opened the second half 0-for-6 from the field and didn’t score their 1st FG until the 7:18 mark.
- Orlando shot 3-of-21 in that 3rd quarter and dropped to 36.4 FG% in the game from fifty percent at halftime. That’s staggering. Brooklyn led 73-56 and had this locked up entering the fourth.
“Their approach, they hit us hard and we didn’t have an answer” – Coach Jacque Vaughn on why the team came out flat at the start of the 3rd quarter.
The 11-31 Magic now have to find a way to get out of the snowy northeast as quickly as possible to host the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Center Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.