As the Nets crush the Magic it’s a hard watch for anyone in Magic blue. A 33 point defeat for Orlando in the Amway Center finished 123-90. It was a poor shooting night for Orlando, especially from deep which sealed the loss.
Coming into the season with such youth and inexperience it should be expected that there going to be nights like this. That does not make it any easier or fun to see, but should temper any over reaction. Facing so much veteran know how, that includes multiple All-Star players, former MVP’s and championship experience this game was always a potential blowout.
That being said Orlando did not help their own cause by apparently bringing a collection of bricks to throw from deep! Across any game hitting only 12% with the three ball, on 4 of 33 shooting is going to hurt. Throw in 17 turnovers and the game get really hard.
The Magic played some strong defence against the Nets. However Kevin Durant was masterful for a game leading 30 points, on 11 of 12 shooting. James Harden registered a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, to which he added 2 steals. From the bench LaMarcus Aldridge produced 21 points.
Top Magic Performances
Terence Ross had a much needed 17-point performance from the bench.
Franz Wagner recorded 6 steals as he faced the toughest test of his rookie season, matched up against the League’s best in Kevin Durant.
Wendell Carter Jr. worked hard until he suffered a left eye abrasion in the third quarter and didn’t return.
Up Next And Moving On After The Nets Crush The Magic
A full game review by the Magic’s Josh Cohen can be read here on the Orlando Magic website.
Orlando have dropped to a 3-9 losing record that sees them remain 14th in the Eastern Conference. Across the NBA only Detroit, Houston and New Orleans have worse records.
The Magic close this five-game home-stand on Saturday with a visit from the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards are now on a 3 game winning streak, after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-94 last night. Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Bradley Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie led the Wizards home. Surprisingly, the Wizards 8-3 winning record sees them sit atop of the Eastern Conference.
This will be another hard game for Orlando but it is also one many see as winnable.