The Brooklyn Nets looked like a well oiled machine in their victory over the Miami Heat on Friday, but they lacked aggressiveness on offense and consistency on defense as they lost 107-86 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday in what should have been an easy road victory.
The Nets shot just 38.2 percent overall and 23.5 percent from behind the arc. Joe Johnson was particularly bad as he shot just 1-for-5 and finished with two points, two assists, and one rebound in 23 minutes. He was hardly the only one that struggled though as Kevin Garnett shot just 3-for-11, Deron Williams shot 4-for-12, Andray Blatche was 1-for-7 and Mirza Teletovic was 1-for-6.
It’s hard to say that anyone had a great game, but Brook Lopez and Paul Pierce were the best. Lopez had 21 points, six rebounds and five blocks in 32 minutes. Pierce had 16 points, seven rebounds and an assist.
Brooklyn was just out played by Orlando all around. The Magic had 54 rebounds, the Nets 42; Magic had 12 fast break points, the Nets had three; and the Magic had 42 points in the paint, the Nets had 26. This wasn’t like it was a close game the Nets lost, they were blown out.
The Magic might be in “rebuilding mode” but some of their players were impressive. Victor Oladipo, who isn’t even a starter, finished with 19 points with six rebounds and four assists. At one point in the third quarter, when the Magic started to really run away with the game, Oladipo had 14 of their last 21 points and highlighted his dominance with a beautiful steal to a 360-jam.