Maurice Harkless, Reggie Evans, and Glen Davis - US PRESSWIRE
Brooklyn got hot from three-point range, sending Orlando to its third consecutive loss.
The Orlando Magic dropped their third consecutive game Friday night, 98-86, to the Brooklyn Nets, who now stand just a half-game back of the Miami Heat for the East's top record. Andray Blatche filled in admirably for starting center Brook Lopez, who missed the game due to a foot injury, by scoring 14 points and snaring nine rebounds, while Gerald Wallace drained four three-pointers in the third quarter to help the Nets take command.
|Team||Pace||Efficiency||eFG%||FT Rate||OReb%||TO Rate|
|Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;|
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.
Despite missing starting point guard Jameer Nelson, the Magic corrected their turnover problem in Friday's loss, with just nine in a low-possession game, but merely taking better care of the ball wasn't enough to surmount the challenge Brooklyn presented. Orlando made just one three-pointer on the night, while the Nets sank 11. Few teams can win when facing a 30-point deficit on three-pointers, particularly teams of Orlando's caliber.
Wallace's five three-pointers matched a career-best for the 11-year veteran. And while the Nets didn't dominate on the offensive boards to the extent that they're accustomed, they controlled the rebounding battle overall, 41-36.