Nets Fall to Magic, 104-88
In the aftermath of the Garden State being blasted with two-plus feet of snow, the Orlando Magic -- who showed up late due to transportation issues -- brought a snowstorm of their own, downing the Nets, 104-88 at the Prudential Center on Monday night.
The Nets hung with Orlando for much of the game. After trailing by 7 at the half, New Jersey battled back to take a lead mid-way through the third quarter, but the Magic proved to be too good from everywhere.
Orlando has six players in double-figures as they pulled away from the Nets with a strong finish in the third quarter and a dominant final stanza.
Despite playing through foul trouble, Dwight Howard notched 19 points in the victory, noting that defense played a huge part.
Brook Lopez put up 20 and Devin Harris finished with 24 for New Jersey, but in the end, the Magic proved to be much too strong. The loss puts the Nets at 9-22.
Travis Outlaw and Jordan Farmar each finished with 10 points, giving the Nets four players in double figures.
Hedo Turkoglu, in his second stint with the Magic, lead the team in scoring with 20 points. Howard added 13 rebound and 6 blocks to his impressive night.
The Nets will have 4 days off before they travel out ot Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in search of their 10th win of the season.