After a competitive half of basketball, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the New Jersey Nets by the score of 105-90. The Magic trailed by three points at halftime but were able to take control of the game in the third quarter, leading by as much as 20 points before coasting to a victory. Orlando was led by three of their four All-Stars — Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and Vince Carter. Howard was dominant, finishing with 30 points, 16 rebounds, two steals, and one block. Nelson had 20 points and six assists, while Carter had 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Rashard Lewis chipped in with 12 points, though it came at the price of inefficiency (5-of-15 shooting from the field).
This was an interesting game.
Lewis and Ryan Anderson started at the forward positions for the Magic, but that alignment didn’t last long. At the 5-minute mark of the first quarter, head coach Stan Van Gundy replaced Anderson with Quentin Richardson and eventually Mickael Pietrus to play not only the 4-out/1-in offensive scheme that everyone is accustomed to seeing but also to matchup better with Travis Outlaw, who torched Orlando. It seems a little absurd that the Magic needed to tweak their defensive assignments for a player of Outlaw’s caliber, but he was playing extremely well on offense and the necessary changes needed to be made. Still, Outlaw finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting so it’s not like he was contained.