Monday, January 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 97, Magic 77
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: A game against the free-falling Orlando Magic was just what the struggling Brooklyn Nets needed.
Brooklyn snapped a two-game losing streak by completing a season sweep of Orlando 97-77 on Monday night at Barclays Center.
The Nets (27-18) went 4-0 against the Magic (14-30, 2-17 in their past 19) and are 17-0 versus sub-.500 teams (at time of game played) this season.
Brooklyn has won eight in a row at home -- its longest streak since 2006 -- and tied a franchise record with 11 victories in January (1983 and 2002). Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo is 13-4 since taking over for Avery Johnson.
The Nets led by as many as 20 points in all four of their meetings versus the Magic.
D-WILL: Deron Williams followed up a 27-point, 11-assist output in Houston with 20 points -- 18 in the first half -- and nine assists in 34 minutes Monday night. Williams made eight of his first nine shots.
THE LOPEZ CAMPAIGN: Some fans in the stands held up letters that spelled out "ALLSTAR" for Brook Lopez. Lopez is one of the possible candidates to replace Rajon Rondo (ACL tear) in Houston. The 24-year-old center scored 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting and added five rebounds in 29 minutes.
NAIL IN THE COFFIN: The Nets led by just seven at the start of the fourth quarter but scored the first nine points of the final period -- Keith Bogans (12 points) drained two 3-pointers during that stretch -- to put the game away for good.
THIRD IS THE BAD WORD: The Nets were outscored 23-14 during the third quarter and went 6-for-18 from the field. They turned it over an unfathomable nine times.
PULLING AWAY: The Nets scored the last three points of the first quarter and the first eight of the second to take an 18-point lead.
GOING DOWNTOWN: The Nets went 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and led 30-20 after one. They ended up going 13-for-29 from downtown.
FIRST-QUARTER PLAYER: Williams had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first quarter. In his past two opening periods, he has racked up 33 points on 12-for-13 shooting.
UP NEXT: Nets versus Heat on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.