After a brief stop at home, the Orlando Magic returned to the road to play the Brooklyn Nets in a Sunday matinee. Despite shooting 52 percent from the field, the Magic were unable to push their winning streak to three, falling 104-96.
Orlando started the game off hot, knocking down six of their first nine starts to grab an early 13-10 lead. However, a 4-of-13 finish to the quarter, coupled with 10 points from Joe Johnson found the Magic down one after 12 minutes of play. Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier once again got off to a hot start, combining for 14 points in the quarter, with Vucevic adding nine rebounds. Orlando was also able to take better care of the basketball, turning it over just three times in the quarter.
After some shaky play at the end of the first quarter, the Magic came out firing on all cylinders in the second. Behind 18 points from Channing Frye and Luke Ridnour, the Magic were able to wrestle the lead away from the Nets, pushing the lead to as many seven before Brooklyn stormed back. Orlando shot a sizzling 12-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three to take a 52-50 lead into halftime. Vucevic and Frye led the way for the Magic with 10 apiece, while Johnson and Deron Williams had 10 apiece for the Nets.
Out of the halftime break, Vucevic took over for the Magic. Vucevic knocked down 8-of-10 from the field en route to 17 of Orlando's 25 points in the third quarter. Vucevic wasn't enough for the Magic, however, as Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11 for the Nets in the quarter. Neither team played much defense, with each shooting over 61 percent in the period. Brooklyn carried a four point lead into the fourth, up 81-77.
Much like Friday night's game, both teams turned up their play on the defensive end some in the fourth quarter. After dominating in the third quarter, Vucevic was seemingly an after thought, taking zero shots in the quarter. Behind Mason Plumlee, Johnson Bogdanovic and good free throw shooting, Brooklyn was able to pull away and seal the deal late.
Bogdanovic notched a season high 22 points to lead the way for Brooklyn. Williams, who's had a strong start to the season, finished with 18 points and seven assists, while Johnson finished with 13. Brook Lopez and Plumlee rounded out the Nets in double figures, finishing with 12 each. Brooklyn also enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line (+10) and on the boards (+14).
Orlando was led by Vucevic, who finished with a game high 27 points and 12 rebounds. Fournier, who's gotten off to a great start early, finished with 19, with Frye adding 13. Tobias Harris struggled from the field, shooting 3-of-14 en route to 11. Behind three three-pointers, Ridnour finished with 11 of his own off the bench.