Sunday, November 11, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 82, Magic 74
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets have the first winning streak in franchise history. And they can thank the hapless Orlando Magic.
After routing the Magic by 39 in Orlando on Friday night, the Nets narrowly beat them 82-74, despite playing poorly and nearly blowing a 20-point lead on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn (3-2) did not allow more than 21 points in any of its eight quarters against Orlando, which shot 36.1 percent, including 1-for-12 3-point range.
REBOUND MACHINE: Kris Humphries, who has averaged a double-double the past two seasons, had 13 of his 21 rebounds in the first half. He added 14 points. Humphries was also the last Net to record 20 rebounds (March 14 against Toronto).
WORKING OUT THE KINKS: The Nets remain a work in progress. They shot just 37.2 percent from the field, went 7-for-24 from 3-point range and scored just 13 points in the third quarter.
CHIPPING IN: Deron Williams registered 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, while Brook Lopez added 20 points -- and seven turnovers.
D-Will fell down in the fourth quarter and appeared to be favoring his left ankle. However, he did remain in the game.
WHERE'S JOE'S J? Joe Johnson went 3-for-13 from the field and is shooting just 36.2 percent this season. Johnson did hit a big 3 in the fourth quarter.
FAST START: The Nets shot 56.5 percent in the first quarter and led 35-17 after the opening 12 minutes. C.J. Watson ignited a 12-0 run to end the period by scoring six straight points on a 3-pointer and then a steal/three-point play. No clue what happened to the team from there.
CAROM COUNTER: Through five games, Lopez has grabbed 34 rebounds.
INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace (four) and MarShon Brooks (two) both sat out again with sprained left ankles.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Cavaliers, Tuesday night, Barclays Center.