By John Denton
Nov. 3, 2013

ORLANDO -- Maybe no team in the NBA offers more of a measuring stick for just how much the Orlando Magic have improved – both individually and collectively – than the Brooklyn Nets, a squad that steamrolled them four times last season by an average of 19.7 points a game.

And that was before the Nets went on a summer spending spree to land Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Jason Kidd to be their coach.

None of that seemed to matter on Sunday night to a blossoming Magic team that played harder and with more purpose and rode the infectious energy of electrifying rookie Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and the Magic defense were solid throughout the night in a somewhat stunning 107-86 Orlando rout of Brooklyn at the Amway Center.



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