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Apr 14

Grades: Brooklyn Nets 97, Orlando Magic 88

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Brooklyn Nets 97 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
2-7 FG | 1-2 3P | 0 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Another game, another single-digit scoring performance from Afflalo, who’s been piling those up in the past two weeks. Passivity on offense, which has been a recurring trend from Afflalo in these last two weeks, was partly to blame. Another factor was coach Jacque Vaughn’s decision to give extended playing time to the Magic’s second unit, which meant not as many minutes and not as many touches for Afflalo.

Tobias Harris
7-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 STL | 7 REB | 18 PTS | -2

People like to call Harris a poor man’s Carmelo Anthony and it’s easy to see why. They love to shoot midrange jumpers. They use their strength to bully their way to the rim. They have a quick first step when snaring offensive rebounds for putbacks. All of those attributes were on display from Harris against the Nets and it was tantalizing to watch.

Victor Oladipo
5-8 FG | 3-3 3P | 2 STL | 2 REB | 14 PTS | -13

It’s no secret that Oladipo needs to improve as a jump shooter during the offseason if he wants to continue to get better as a player. If Sunday’s game in Brooklyn was any indication, the ability is there for Oladipo to have a consistent jumper. It was looking pure. Deron Williams dared Oladipo to beat him with his jump shot and the rookie obliged.

Andrew Nicholson
5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 STL | 7 REB | 12 PTS | -13

Before Sunday, the last time Nicholson finished in double figures was on January 2 versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. That was a span of 42 games. Needless to say, Nicholson’s 12-point, 7-rebound game against the Nets was his best performance in months. The right hook was falling. So was his midrange jumper. Nicholson even threw down some sledgehammer dunks for good measure.

Brooklyn Nets

It was a sloppy performance from Brooklyn, as exhibited by the 23 turnovers. The Nets really didn’t take this game seriously until the third quarter. That’s when they went on a 15-0 run midway through the period to open up a double-digit lead on the Magic before cruising to an easy victory. Mason Plumlee (17 points, 11 rebounds) was the star of the game.