Maurice Harkless and Gerald Wallace - US PRESSWIRE
The Magic dropped their third straight game Friday, 98-86, ending their five-game homestand with a 2-3 record.
The Magic could blame their Friday night loss on Nets forward Gerald Wallace, as he sank four of his career-high-tying five three-pointers in the decisive third quarter. The onslaught seemed to disgust Amway Center public address announcer Paul Porter. Of course, Wallace had help from shooting guard Joe Johnson who contributed a game-high 22 points, and three other players, besides Wallace and Johnson, scored in double-digits.
But the Magic kept it a tight game in the first half, and were only down by one point, 45-44, at halftime. Orlando maneuvered its way into the paint without center Brook Lopez standing in the middle for the Nets, outscoring Brooklyn, 28-18,inside.
Moore averaged five turnovers in his previous outings against the Nets, but he did not commit a single turnover on Friday and finished with 13 points.
Some highlights for the Magic in tonight's game:
- Before the Magic played the Nets tonight, the Magic averaged 16.1 turnovers per game and brought that down tonight to nine.
- Orlando got to the free-throw line in the first quarter tonight; reflecting back to their last game, the San Antonio Spurs prevented the Magic from making a trip to the free-throw line until the end of the third quarter.
- Two of Orlando's rookies were efficient tonight: Small forward Maurice Harkless who played a season-high 28 minutes, shot four-of-eight from the field and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Though power forward Andrew Nicholson burned only 17 minutes of playing time, he got his way offensively at a much faster rate pouring in 12 points on five-of-eight shooting.
Apart from the highlights:
- J.J. Redick didn't make a single basket (0-4) and was only able to chip in two points from the free-throw line.
- The Magic had another cold-shooting night. They made only one 3-pointer and they went one-of-eleven from downtown. In their last two games, they're shooting 11.5 percent on threes.
- The Magic's biggest lead was three points; for the Nets, it was 20 points.