Friday, November 9, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 107, Magic 68
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets got back in the win column.
After losing back-to-back games -- to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat -- in ugly fashion, the Nets easily dispatched of the Orlando Magic, 107-68, on Friday night to even their record at 2-2.
The Magic had beaten the Nets 10 straight times, but couldn’t make it 11 in a row post-Dwight Howard.
In far and away its best defensive performance of the season, Brooklyn (50 percent shooting, 50 bench points) did not allow Orlando (42.9 percent shooting) to score more than 19 points in any quarter. The Nets had given up at least 100 points in each of their first three games.
BROOK-LYN: Had Brooklyn and Orlando been able to make a D-12 deal, Brook Lopez would’ve been a member of the Magic. Instead, he remained a Net after the parties agreed on a four-year, $60 million pact. On Friday night, Lopez got going early, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds in the first quarter, en route to a 14-point, 10-rebound, and three-block performance for his first double-double of the season in 24 minutes. Take that Rob Hennigan.
GOOD FOR JJ: Joe Johnson, who came in shooting 37.8 percent from the field, went 1-for-5 during the first half, but rebounded by going 4-for-6 in the second half.
REST IS NICE: Deron Williams (12 points) and Johnson (13 points) each played 29 minutes. Kris Humphries (eight points, eight rebounds) played 20.
OLD MAN’S STILL GOT IT: Even at the age of 37, Jerry Stackhouse can still get it done. He scored 11 points in nine second-quarter minutes -- tying his single-game season-high in points scored from 2011-12.
RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM: Brooklyn runs of 20-6 and 20-2 in the second and third quarters proved to be the difference in this one.
CAROM COUNTER: Through four games, Lopez has grabbed 31 rebounds.
TOKOLOCO: Tornike Shengelia had a nasty one-handed posterization dunk in the fourth quarter. The bench jumped up after the rookie foreigner threw it down.
ANOTHER DEBUT: Josh Childress became the eighth Net to make his debut with the team through the first four games of the season. Childress had missed the first three games due an ankle injury.
INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks both missed the game due to sprained left ankles.
UP NEXT: The Nets return home to take on this same Magic squad on Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center.