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Nets 82, Magic 74

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Kris Humphries had 14 points and 21 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 82-74 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center Sunday afternoon.

Before the weekend, the Nets (3-2) had not defeated the Magic (2-3) in almost three years, dating back to 2009 in a stretch lasting 10 games. But coming off the huge 107-68 win in Orlando Friday night, the Nets have now knocked off the Magic twice in a span of three days.

Lopez nailed a lane jumper with 59.1 seconds left that quelled a fourth-quarter run by Orlando. Humphries had a huge block on an attempt from Glen Davis with 29 seconds left to seal the deal.

Deron Williams chipped in with 17 points for Brooklyn, while Arron Afflalo had 19 and Davis had 19 for the Magic.

The Nets took total command of the game in the last 1:12 of the first quarter, scoring an 11 straight points during that span, and they never relinquished the lead the remainder of the game, despite some close moments in the fourth quarter.

First, C.J. Watson nailed a 3-pointer and proceeded to steal the ensuing inbounds pass to get a layup and a foul. Watson scored six points in a span of just four seconds. Jerry Stackhouse canned a 3-pointer and Reggie Evans added two free throws to cap the 11-0 run, giving the Nets a 35-17 lead at the end of the first period. Orlando made just six of 23 from the floor in the first period.

After Andray Blatche made a power move down low, giving the Nets their biggest lead of the half at 37-17, the Magic reeled off eight straight points, six coming on two conventional 3-point plays by Afflalo, slicing the lead to 37-25.

Brooklyn held a comfortable 50-35 lead at the break, with Lopez leading the way with 12 points. Afflalo had 13 in the first half for Orlando.

Lopez hit a power layup in the closing seconds of a listless third quarter, giving the Nets a 63-53 lead after three periods.

The Nets increased the lead to 68-53 by scoring the first five points of the fourth quarter, but then the Magic went on a 9-2 run to close the gap to 70-62 on a steal and driving layup from J.J. Redick.

Davis hit a power move down low with 2:10 left that brought the Magic to 75-70, but Williams countered with a jumper that gave the Nets a 77-70 lead with 1:53 left.

NOTES: Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace did not dress for the fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle and MarShon Brooks joined Wallace on the sidelines, also with a sprained left ankle. The Nets lost the most manpower in the NBA last season due to injuries...Jameer Nelson (strained hamstring) did not play for the Magic. Al Harrington (knee surgery) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken hand) did not make the trip...Blatche and Evans did their patriotic duty, honoring the veterans on Veterans Day by donning red, white and blue headbands that resembled the American flag.
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