Recap: Orlando Magic mistakenly beat Brooklyn Nets
The Orlando Magic tried their absolute best to blow a 16-point lead and take another pivotal step towards securing their best lottery chance, but they just couldn’t get it done in the end. Orlando clung to a 4th quarter lead and held off the short-handed Brooklyn Nets to earn the 115-111 victory.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 24 points, scoring 20+ for just the 3rd time in his last 15 games. The bench combo of E’Twaun Moore and Tobias Harris scored 17 and 16 respectively, including Moore’s perfect 5-5 from 3-point distance.
Brooklyn chose to rest starters Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, but Seven Time All-Star Joe Johnson picked up the slack scoring 31 points. Had Deron Williams made any impact on the game whatsoever (11 points on 3-14 shooting), the Nets would have likely escaped with the win.
For Orlando, Nik Vucevic missed his 3rd straight game with a sore Achilles and with the win the team improved to a record of 4-17 without their big man. Dewayne Dedmon started in his place and finished with 4 points and a career-high 9 rebounds in 19 minutes.
From time-to-time it appeared that Jameer Nelson was getting the point-shaving message, but seconds after throwing the ball out of bounds he would respond by knocking down a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. Wins are important for growing your culture, but not at the sake of losing out on Andrew Wiggins.
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— Rob Graham (@PPLUSROB) April 10, 2014
With the win, the Magic improved to 23-55 on the season and with the Boston Celtics losing against the Hawks, the teams are now tied for the 3rd worst record in the league. The Magic are back in action at home on Friday night when they face off against the playoff bound Washington Wizards. Tip is set for 7pm.