(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets have been playing good basketball of
late and will try to continue their momentum Tuesday night when they host the
Orlando Magic at The Barclays Center.
The Nets have won two in a row and seven of their last eight. They've crept
into the Atlantic Division race and are just 2 1/2 games behind the leading
On Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, the Nets embarrassed their New
York rivals, the Knicks, 103-80. The 80 points allowed was a season-low for
"We're putting games together, we're putting quarters together," Nets forward
Paul Pierce said. "We're being more consistent."
Joe Johnson led the way with 25 points. Andray Blatche tallied 19 points and
12 rebounds for the Nets, while Alan Anderson scored 15.
Deron Williams added 13 in the triumph. Williams returned from a five-game
absence with a sprained ankle and came off the bench, something he requested
of coach Jason Kidd. It was the first time he came off the bench since his
rookie season with the Utah Jazz back in 2005-06.
"We've been playing so well with that lineup, why shake things up? It doesn't
matter if I come off, start, whatever," Williams told the team's website. "The
way Joe (Johnson's) been playing the first quarter, first half, I don't want
to disrupt that."
The Magic snapped a 10-game losing streak Sunday when Tobias Harris hit two
free throws with 10.1 seconds left to seal a win over the Boston Celtics at
With the game tied 91 apiece and under 30 seconds left, Jameer Nelson missed a
3-pointer, but Boston's Kris Humphries was called for a loose ball foul on
Harris, who calmly sank two from the charity stripe for the game's final
Arron Afflalo had 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while Harris scored
18 with seven boards for the Magic, who picked up their first win of 2014.
"You take our last three close games and you see the progression," said
Orlando head coach Jacque Vaughn. "We executed, got to the foul line."
Glen Davis added 17 points and seven rebounds, with Nelson netting 16 points
and handing out 10 assists in the victory.
The Magic demolished the Nets, 107-86 on Nov. 3 in Orlando to snap a four-game
winning streak for Brooklyn in this series. The Magic have lost two in a row
as the visitor against the Nets, but had taken five straight prior to the
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