The Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic would meet up for the second time this season as the Magic lost the first matchup, 126 to 121. This time around, the Magic looked for revenge as they hoped to earn their second straight win as the Nets looked for their third straight win. After this game, there will be two more matchups between these teams as the Magic hosted the Nets at the Amway Center.
The first quarter of the game would be held closely as the Orlando team shot forty-five percent from the field and the Nets shot forty-eight percent. D’Angelo Russell would heat up for twelve points early, earning all of them from beyond the arc. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he drops four points while Trevor Booker came off the bench to collect three points and two defensive rebounds. Allen Crabbe would also come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer while collecting one offensive rebound and two assists.
On the other end of the court, Aaron Gordon would heat up for fourteen points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field. He ended up earning three of those points from beyond the arc while collecting two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Former Denver Nuggets’ shooting guard Evan Fournier would score four points while gobbling up four rebounds. D.J. Augustin ended up with four points, which he would earn all them from the charity stripe as the game would be tied at 30 apiece heading into the second quarter.
During the second period, the Magic shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to thirty-seven percent. Gordon would continue to impress as he chalks up ten more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so. He also pulled down two defensive rebounds while Augustin would drop six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Fournier would be held to only two points in the six minutes that he played but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.
As for the New York team, Hollis-Jefferson started to heat up as he scored ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field. He also earned two offensive rebounds and two assists while Caris LeVert would collect eight points, knocking down a three-pointer while doing so. Former Toronto Raptors’ forward DeMarre Carroll ended up with four points which would all be earned from the free-throw line. Timofey Mozgov would hit a rare three-pointer to give himself three points to go along with his two defensive rebounds as both teams head into the locker room with a 61-61 score at the half.
The Brooklyn Nets would spark a 35 to 26 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Magic to forty percent. Aaron Gordon would continue to go off as he chalks up twelve more points while collecting three rebounds. Fournier would shoot eighty percent from the field while putting up ten points. Nikola Vucevic ended up recording only two points in the ten minutes that he played but he did pull down three defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the court, DeMarre Carroll would heat up for eleven points, hitting two three-pointers in the process of doing so. Mozgov shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting six points and two defensive rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie would knock down a jumper along with two free-throws while giving out three assists. Trevor Booker would collect two points off the bench along with three rebounds as the visiting team ended the third quarter with a 96-87 lead.
The Florida team would respond with a 38 to 25 run in the last quarter as they shot a high sixty percent from the field, limiting the Nets to thirty-two percent. Evan Fournier ended up dropping twelve points, six coming from beyond the arc and the other six coming from the free-throw line. Jonathon Simmons would come off of the bench to chalk up seven points while grabbing two defensive rebounds. Aaron Gordon ended up earning five more points while collecting one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.
As for the Nets, Russell scored nine points while shooting a low twenty-nine percent from the field. He would earn two rebounds while Jarrett Allen chalked up five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Carroll added four more points to his scoring total while LeVert gobbled up three rebounds to add to his three points and two assists. Hollis-Jefferson and Booker would each be limited to two points as the Orlando Magic slip away with a 125 to 121 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Aaron Gordon finished with a career-high forty-one points along with fourteen rebounds, and two assists. D’Angelo Russell would finish with twenty-nine points, five rebounds, and one assist.