``I think this is a reflection of the work that our guys have put in. Tonight was just a great all-out effort from beginning to end,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``We were tied the first quarter and then we won the next three quarters. Brooklyn roughed us up last year on many occasions, even in our building. So this was a great response by our group tonight.’’
Clearly, this is a different Magic team (2-2) than the one that staggered to just 20 victories last season and was little competition for the Nets (1-2). Orlando controlled the game on both ends of the floor, shooting 47.2 percent and hitting seven 3-pointers, while also smothering Brooklyn to the tune of 38.2 percent from the floor.
``We’re just four games in, but the blueprint shows that this will work for the long run,’’ said second-year center Kyle O’Quinn, who had four points and four rebounds off the bench. ``The hardest part is sticking to it every day. Doing the same thing may get boring, but it produces victories. That’s what the good teams do.’’
The result was significant considering how one-sided the Orlando/Brooklyn series was last season when the Magic were mostly playing rookies. The Nets not only beat Orlando four times, but did so by an average of almost 20 points a night. It was within a week of being a year ago that Brooklyn humiliated the Magic by 39 points at the Amway Center.
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