Notebook: Nets 98, Magic 86

Posted Nov 30, 2012 11:57 PM

Dick Scanlon, for

THE FACTS: Gerald Wallace found his long-range jump shot and the Brooklyn Nets pulled away to a 98-86 victory in Orlando, their third November victory against the Magic.

Joe Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and Wallace added 20 for the Nets, who made six-of-seven 3-pointers in the third quarter. Andray Blatche, starting at center in place of the injured Brook Lopez, had 14 points and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's fifth straight victory. The Nets raised their record to 11-4, their best ever after 15 games.

Glen Davis led the Magic with 16 points.

THE STAT: The Nets made 11-of-20 3-point shots while the Magic shot 1-for-11.

TURNING POINT: The Magic had a 48-45 early in the second half when Wallace hit the first of his four 3-pointers over a span of eight minutes, leading a 27-10 run that put the Nets in full command.

QUOTABLE: "If I'm knocking down those shots, then you basically can't leave us; now you're having to play one-on-one in the post with those guys and we have some pretty tough guards to play one-on-one in the post."
-- Wallace.

HOT: For the season, Wallace had been 5-for-21 from behind the arc. This time he shot 5-for-6.

QUOTABLE: "Game-plan wise, we didn't anticipate Gerald Wallace going 5-for-6 from three. ... Gerald made shots, and (it was) a big difference in the game."
-- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn.

NOT: Magic shooting guards Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick shot a combined 2-for-16.

GOOD MOVE: In the absence of Lopez, the Nets got more than 26 minutes from Reggie Evans, who provided a physical presence in the middle and a game-high 10 rebounds.

QUOTABLE III: "We have a very deep team. That's what we've been banking on all year. If a guy goes out here and there, we have other guys that can step in and fill in for them."
-- Nets guard Deron Williams.

BAD MOVE: The Magic tried defending the 6-foot-7 Johnson and Wallace with 6-4 J.J. Redick in the first half, which not only didn't work but took Redick out of his offensive game as well.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Williams, the Nets' leading scorer in the absence of Lopez, was content to set up Johnson and Wallace. He took only nine shots and had seven assists.

ROOKIE WATCH: The Magic finished the game with all four of their rookies on the floor. Andrew Nicholson came off the bench for 12 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes.

NOTABLE: Lopez missed his first game of the season due to a sprained right foot. ... Magic point guard Jameer Nelson sat the game out with a strained Achilles. Nelson has missed all three games against the Nets. ... The Magic are 4-4 with Nelson in the lineup, 1-6 without him. ... A win in Miami on Saturday night would be the Nets' sixth straight, their longest winning streak since March-April of 2006.

UP NEXT: For the Nets: Saturday @ Miami, Tuesday vs. Oklahoma City, Friday vs. Golden State. For the Magic: Sunday @ L.A. Lakers, Monday @ Golden State, Wednesday @ Utah.