NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Orlando 25 31 30 24 110
Brooklyn 26 30 33 25 114
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CTNaN:� , January 23, 2019
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 13,185

Magic, Nets ready for Round 2 in Brooklyn

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets

  1. Brooklyn beat Orlando, 117-115, when these teams met last Friday for the first time this season, and won three of four matchups last season. Brooklyn has also won nine of its last 11 meetings with Orlando at home dating back to November 2012.
  2. The Nets have won eight games already during January and won nine games in December. The Nets still have five games to go this month -- they have not won more than nine games in a month since March 2014 (12 wins).
  3. The Magic beat the Hawks, 122-103, on Monday -- those 122 points were the team's third-highest point total of the season. They shot 50.5 percent (46/91) from the field, their fourth time shooting at least 50.0 percent since the New Year -- they didn't have even one such game in December.
  4. Evan Fournier had 29 points and seven assists against the Hawks on Monday. The Magic are now 2-7 when Fournier scores at least 20 points. However, they are 4-0 when Fournier has at least seven assists.
  5. In his last two games, D'Angelo Russell has 71 points and 15 assists. The only others with at least 70 and 15 in a two-game span this season are James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant. The last Nets player to do it was Vince Carter in April 2007.
  6. Ed Davis tied a season-high with 16 rebounds last time out. He leads the NBA this season with 397 rebounds off the bench -- Domantas Sabonis is second with 365. The last time a Nets player had more rebounds in a game off the bench was December 1999 (Jamie Feick, 17).

The Orlando Magic get a chance to avenge a bitter defeat when they play at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

With Aaron Gordon watching the final 9:19 from the bench after his back stiffened, the Magic blew a 21-point lead in a 117-115 home loss to the surging Nets on Friday night.

Gordon, who has missed Orlando's last two games, remains questionable for Wednesday.

The Magic valued quantity over quality in Gordon's absence in a 122-103 win at Atlanta on Monday.

Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier each scored 29 points. Terrence Ross (16) and D.J. Augustin (15) also scored in double figures, and four other Magic players contributed at least seven points to the club's biggest offensive output since putting up 131 on the New York Knicks more than two months ago.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford noted in the wake of the Brooklyn loss that offense hasn't been a recent problem for his club. The Magic hit 50 percent of their shots in the narrow defeat to the Nets, then were even more accurate (50.5 percent) in the holiday victory over Atlanta that snapped a three-game losing streak.

"We've got to get our defense going again if we're going to have a chance," he said. "If we don't, we have no shot.

"The first 20 games, I think we were 17th in defense. The next (20 games), we were ninth. But this stretch of games, I don't know where we would be, but I would think it would be at the bottom seven or eight teams. It just hasn't been good enough."

Just about everything the Nets have done in recent games has been good enough. They have won four straight, finally getting an easy one in a 123-94 blowout of the Sacramento Kings on Monday to open a five-day, three-game homestand.

The margin of victory was their largest of the season.

The Nets (25-23) sit in the sixth playoff spot in the East, but a handful of teams are knocking at their door, including the Magic, who, at 20-27, currently reside outside the top eight.

Brooklyn will see the Magic again on Feb. 2 in Orlando.

One player the Magic surely has no interest in seeing once again, let alone twice, is Nets star D'Angelo Russell, whose career-high 40 points against Orlando last week helped propel him to Eastern Conference Playoff of the Week honors.

Russell had 31 points in the win over the Kings, including seven 3-pointers to give him a total of 15 in his last two games.

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson basically labeled his point guard unstoppable while addressing reporters after the game.

"Those pull-up threes are something; those are (James) Harden-esque," he said.

"They switch and he gets in a couple moves, couple dribbles, and punishes the switch with the pull-up three. And then I thought, later, he mixed in the drive against the switches. So, to me, that was a growth area for him, handling switches better. But if he keeps making that pull-up three, it's going to be tough to keep him in front."

The Nets have won six straight at home. They are 8-2 in January and 17-5 since Dec. 7, equaling the best 22-game stretch in their Brooklyn era.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 22, 2019

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