Grades: Orlando Magic 115, Brooklyn Nets 111 | Magic Basketball

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Apr 10

Grades: Orlando Magic 115, Brooklyn Nets 111

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Orlando Magic 115 Final
Recap | Box Score
111 Brooklyn Nets

Arron Afflalo
9-16 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 25 PTS | -14

This was Afflalo’s best game in about a month and it could have been even better. He missed a few free throws and a couple of open jumpers that would have given him his first 30-point game since February 21, which came against the New York Knicks. Alas, Afflalo settled with 25-5-4 — the type of performance that got him All-Star considerations in the first half of the season.

E’Twaun Moore
6-6 FG | 5-5 3P | 1 STL | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +17

Moore only played 18 minutes, coming off the bench in his usual role as the Magic’s back-up shooting guard, but he made every minute count. Literally. Moore scored nearly a point per minute. A vast majority of his points came in the second quarter when he scored 14 straight for Orlando. Moore was out there drilling heat check 3s like he was T-Mac.

Tobias Harris
6-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 2 STL | 8 REB | 16 PTS | +1

It was a tale of two halves for Harris. He had zero points in the first half and 16 points in the second half (10 in the fourth quarter). What was the difference? In the first half, Harris settled for midrange jump shots. In the second half, Harris attacked the rim, converting layups and getting to the free throw line.

Kyle O’Quinn
6-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 BLK | 8 REB | 13 PTS | +9

Kyle O’Quinn had the play of the night when he blocked Joe Johnson’s game-tying 3-point attempt with Orlando leading Brooklyn by the score 112-109 in the game’s closing seconds. It’s almost as if Johnson underestimated O’Quinn’s length before he got his shot off. O’Quinn’s wingspan and timing is what makes him a great shot blocker — a skill the Magic sorely need with Dwight Howard gone.

Brooklyn Nets

People joke about Johnson, given that he’s someone that received a lot of (justified) criticism for being named an All-Star this season despite there being more deserving players in the East. But tonight, Johnson played like an All-Star. The Nets turned to him in crunch time when the game was close and Iso-Joe was nearly automatic, except on that last 3-point shot.