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Friday, November 30, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 98, Magic 86

By Mike Mazzeo



WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets entered Friday night's game against the Orlando Magic tied for 22nd in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (33.2).

So it came as a complete surprise when the Nets couldn't miss from beyond the arc in the third quarter.

Brooklyn went 6-for-7 from 3-point range in the third, and rolled to a 98-86 victory over Orlando at Amway Center after playing a subpar first half.

The Nets (11-4) finished with 11 3-pointers -- two short of their season-high -- on 20 attempts, and won five straight games for the second time in the month of November.

To put that success into context: Brooklyn had just one five-game winning streak in its previous four seasons combined, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Nets are 3-0 against the Magic this season. This time around, they were without Brook Lopez, who missed the game due to a right foot sprain. They didn't need him.

Their 11-win November is a franchise high for the month, and is the first 10-win-plus month since March 2006.

ANCHOR JOE: Joe Johnson is beginning to heat up. The shooting guard, who went 10-for-16 from the field on Friday and scored 22 points, is shooting 50.7 percent in his last five games.

CRASH: Gerald Wallace got hot from 3-point range in the third quarter -- hitting four of his five triples during the period -- and finished with a season-high 20 points in 32 minutes.

REG-GIE! REG-GIE! Reggie Evans finished with his fifth straight game with double-digit rebounds. Evans is the first Net since 1999 to accomplish the feat while coming off the bench.

DDDDD-FENCE: The Nets have their opponents under 90 points in their last five games -- all wins.

ZERO HERO: With Lopez out, Andray Blatche made his first start since Jan. 25, 2012, and ended up with 14 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes.

D-WILL: Deron Williams, a 32.4 percent shooter in his previous eight games, went an efficient 4-for-9 from the field -- getting some nice looks on drives to the rim -- and had 11 points and seven assists.

THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets outscored the Magic 31-21 in the third quarter, and used a 21-6 run to turn a small deficit into a more than comfortable lead.

UP NEXT: Nets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.