Yahoo Sports Minute:

Nets 101, Magic 90

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NEW YORK -- The Nets returned to Brooklyn on Tuesday night in winning style, defeating the Orlando Magic 101-90 for their eighth win in nine games.

Brooklyn's 8-1 record in January an NBA best.

Forward Andray Blatche, who was coming off two consecutive double-doubles, led the Nets with 18 points but grabbed just four rebounds. Guard Joe Johnson and forward Paul Pierce each added 13 points, while forward Mirza Teletotic made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points.

While the Magic proved pesky in the first half, the Nets (18-22) outscored Orlando 27-14 in the third quarter to build a double digit lead that would hold for the rest of the evening. The Magic shot just 14 percent from the field in the third.

Orlando guard Jameer Nelson scored nine points and handed out 10 assists. The Nets did well in holding Orlando's leading scorer, guard Arron Afflalo, in check all night. Averaging 20.6 points per game, Afflalo scored just 11.

Forward Kyle O'Quinn led Orlando(11-31) with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Magic did well to keep up with Brooklyn early, shooting just over 50 percent from the field en route to a 46-42 deficit at halftime.

Nets point guard Deron Williams played in his second game since missing five with a sprained ankle. In both games, Williams asked to come off the bench to not tamper with team chemistry, letting Shaun Livingston to get the start. Livingston recorded eight points and six assists, while Williams had nine points and nine assists.

Orlando's Rookie of the Year candidate, guard Victor Oladipo, like Afflalo, was monitored closely and held to just 10 points.

The Magic shot 45.8 percent for the game, while the Nets hit 49.4 percent of their shots.

NOTES: With a win on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, the Magic snapped a 10-game losing streak that dated back to Dec. 31. ... In the past 10 days, the Nets played in three different countries, facing the Raptors in Toronto, followed by a matchup in London against the Atlanta Hawks and finally a Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks. ... Orlando rookie G Victor Oladipo began the night averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. ... The Nets made two trades Saturday, sending PF Tornike Shengelia to the Chicago Bulls for PG Marquis Teague, and dealing PG Tyshawn Taylor to the New Orleans Pelicans for a draft pick.

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