Denton: Magic vs. Nets Analysis (1/21/14)


Taking advantage of a break in the snow, the Magic travelling party hurried out of Barclays Center after the game and were scheduled to fly back to Orlando.

Said Vaughn on his postgame message to his team: ``Let’s get dressed so we can make a flight and get out of here.’’

Down just four at the half, Orlando came unglued in the third period. It missed 10 of its first 11 shots to start the second half and trailed 64-48 by the time it had its second field goal of the third quarter. Brooklyn, meanwhile, made nine of its first 14 shots after halftime and had a commanding 69-52 lead following a Pierce 3-pointer.

The Magic trailed 46-42 at the half, but they matched the Nets shot for shot in the early going. Orlando shot an impressive 51.5 percent in the early going by being patient and passing the ball well for open shots. The only negative in the first half was the nine turnovers that led to 12 Brooklyn points.

Vaughn played just seven players on Sunday because of matchup concerns against the Celtics. But he went deep into his bench on Tuesday, using nine players against the Nets.

Nelson was a key catalyst for the Magic offense in the first half. He had eight assists and five points early on and the Magic were a plus-five in scoring in his 16 minutes on the floor in the first half.

Davis was the primary benefactor of Nelson’s ball movement. Facing Garnett, Davis had eight points and six rebounds in the first half.

Nelson got the Magic off to a fast start by creating open baskets for his teammates. Nelson set up all of the Magic’s first five baskets with five assists. He twice found open shooters for 3-pointers and when he got the ball to Davis for a layup, Orlando had its first lead at 13-12 and forced the Nets into a timeout.

Davis, for one, was disappointed in the discrepancy in how the Magic shared the ball and defended in the first half and the second.

``Early on, we moved the ball, everybody was involved and everybody got a touch,’’ Davis said. ``Then, it just stopped. We’re not a team of all-stars or a team that can do it by themselves. Every night we’ve got to play together. Tonight, we just laid down and as a competitor you don’t like to see that.’’


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