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Jan 22

Grades: Brooklyn Nets 101, Orlando Magic 90

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Brooklyn Nets 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
4-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 STL | 2 REB | 11 PTS | -21

With the way Joe Johnson had been playing lately, you knew it was going to be a tough matchup for Afflalo but he managed to keep Joe Jesus in check. However, Afflalo couldn’t get anything going offensively himself, as Johnson’s length served as a deterrent. It was as if Afflalo was trying to score over Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

Kyle O’Quinn
6-10 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 BLK | 8 REB | 15 PTS | +3

The more O’Quinn plays, the more mind-boggling it gets that Jason Maxiell has logged more minutes than him this season. O’Quinn has made it clear that he deserves to be the backup center for the Magic. His back-to-back blocks on Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce late in the first quarter shows the kind of defensive impact he can make when he gets playing time.

E’Twaun Moore
5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +3

Moore had his best game of the season, but that’s not saying much. First, he’s a bad player so the benchmark for him is low. Second, 10 of his 13 points came in the fourth quarter during garbage time when the game was already decided. It’s on Moore to play like this when the games matter, which he struggles to do.

Victor Oladipo
3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | -24

No 360 dunk for Oladipo against the Nets this time around. The most dramatic thing that Oladipo did against Brooklyn came in the game’s opening minutes when he made a 3-pointer by getting a friendly roll on the rim. Given Orlando’s inability to score at times, it would have behooved Oladipo to attack the basket and get to the free throw line more but that didn’t happen.

Brooklyn Nets

After a close first half, Brooklyn’s defense manhandled the Magic in the third quarter. Orlando shot 3-for-21 from the floor (14.3 percent) and the Nets were able to increase a 4-point halftime lead to 19 in the period before coasting the rest of the way. With the win, Brooklyn is 8-1 in 2014 and steadily moving up the standings in the Eastern Conference.