Recap: Nets 98, Magic 86

November 30, 2012

When trying to figure out the perfect equation for NBA success, usually talent, desire, continuity and health play a major role.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the latter two pieces, the Magic have received the short end of the stick this season.

Already without valuable veterans Hedo Turkoglu (hand) and Al Harrington (knee), Orlando was dealt a major blow prior to Friday’s contest when it was revealed that Jameer Nelson would have to sit out with a left Achilles injury.

As a result, the Magic had to put out their eighth different starting lineup of the young season, once again leaning on backup point guard E’Twaun Moore to lead the show.

The second-year floor general out of Purdue did an admirable job filling in, connecting on six of his 10 attempts from the floor, while posting 13 points, four assists and committing zero turnovers.

“He’s getting better,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “I think we’ve been stressing with him to just keep the game simple. Make the first available pass, the kick ahead pass, the easy pass.”

Still Orlando struggled once again as a whole without Nelson in the lineup.

The Magic are 4-4 this season when he’s on the court and 1-6 when he’s not.

"We have to do whatever it takes to get a win. You get tired of losing. We are trying to win ballgames and we have to learn. It hurts. It really hurts, but it is what it is. We want to get a win. We understand that it takes time and it takes work, but you don't want to start tasting these Ls." - Magic forward Glen Davis
This Statline of the Night goes to Orlando Magic rookie Maurice Harkless. The versatile small forward was all over the statsheet on Friday, going 4-of-8 from the field on his way to eight points to go along with seven rebounds, one steal and one block.
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