Friday, March 16, 2012
Nets fall to D-12 led Magic in Orlando
By Mike Mazzeo
Some notes from the Nets’ 86-70 loss to the Magic in Orlando on Friday night.
• Dwight Howard, now a member of the Magic through 2012-13, got a nice hand from the crowd when he was introduced. Howard got what looked like the easiest 18 points and six rebounds he’d ever had in his career on 8-for-10 shooting in 32 minutes.
• The Nets have now scored a season-low 70 points three times this season. How? They shot 4-for-26 in the fourth quarter. Not kidding.
• Their starters combined to shoot 9-for-40 overall, and score seven points in the first half. Think it will be nice to get Deron Williams back after a four-game absence due to injury on Saturday night?
• Before they acquired Gerald Wallace, didn’t the Nets already have a capable small forward on their roster? Gerald Green carried the load for them in the first half, contributing 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. He went scoreless in the last 24 minutes, though, and had five turnovers overall.
• DeShawn Stevenson made the shot of the year. At the end of the third quarter, he threw an alley-oop pass from half court -- that went in the basket. The odds of that shot going in were significantly less than the odds of Norfolk State beating Missouri. Both happened anyway.
• The Nets had 13 steals and the Magic had 18 turnovers. Didn’t matter. The Magic outscored the Nets in the paint, 44-22.
• The Nets have started 19 different lineups this season, more than any other team in the NBA.
• They’ll make it 20 on Saturday night, when Wallace and D-Will are inserted into the starting five.