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Beede’s Breakdown: How Magic led wire-to-wire in win over visiting Nets

On a night that saw the Magic never trail and lead the Nets by as many as 19 points, Orlando snapped a two-game losing streak and returned to its style of play at Kia Center on Wednesday.

Led by Paolo Banchero (21 points and 9 assists), seven different scorers finished in double figures for Jamahl Mosley‘s squad, including all five starters, en route to the 114-106 victory over Brooklyn (26-40).

The Magic (38-28) were at full strength again as Jalen Suggs (right thigh contusion) and Markelle Fultz (left knee strain) returned to the court, and it showed on both ends.

Successfully sharing the ball throughout, Orlando recorded 29 assists while improving to 28-11 when having more (or same) assists than its opponent.

The East’s No. 5 Magic hit the road on Friday (Bally Sports Florida, 7:30) for the first of two games against the Raptors (23-43) this weekend. The sides quickly return to Kia Center for Sunday’s game (6).

Setting The Tone First

After recent slow starts, the Magic did a good job getting into their offensive actions faster and moved the ball around before Brooklyn’s defense got set.

Orlando notched 12 assists in the opening frame and finished with almost 30, including a team-high 9 from Banchero.

The first-time All-Star took advantage of Brooklyn blitzing him and found open teammates on the perimeter, including guard Gary Harris making his first 3-pointer of the night from the left wing less than two minutes into the game.

Banchero recorded more assists than shot attempts (6).

Nets coach Kevin Ollie noted before tip-off that Brooklyn needed to punch first but it failed to do that as Orlando jumped out to a 17-point lead after one quarter.

Welcome Back, Suggs

After missing the last two games due to right thigh contusion, Suggs (14 points) looked fresh and ready from the jump in his first contest back.

An improved 3-point shooter for the Magic (entered at 39.3% this season, up from 32.7% last year), Suggs opened Wednesday’s contest 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

He finished 4 of 8 from distance and helped space the floor in doing so.

Suggs provided a spark on offense that was missing from the last two contests by pushing the pace and weaving through Brooklyn’s defense to attack the rim.

Defensively, he helped pick up Brooklyn’s ballhandlers at halfcourt and provide pressure on the perimeter, where the Nets shot 26.9% (7 of 26) from 3-point range.

Wendell’s Way

Carter was aggressive around the rim throughout the night, racking up 8 rebounds, a block and a steal.

A second-quarter denial in transition on Mikal Bridges led to an easy layup on the other end for Harris (13 points).

The Magic center (40.5% from 3 on the season) helped spread the floor with a long-range bucket and was efficient from the floor with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

His one steal came against Brooklyn’s Nic Claxton early in the third quarter, which turned into a transition dunk from Franz Wagner (14 points)

Let’s Get Technical (Again)

For the second game in a row, multiple technical fouls were called on both sides. After four techs were handed out Sunday vs. Indiana, six came during Wednesday’s game at Kia Center.

Of the six, three came in each half and four were assessed to Brooklyn. The majority (one each on Dennis Schroder, Franz Wagner and Cam Thomas) were caused by players arguing with officials but two were different.

Claxton was given a tech early in the third quarter when he elbowed Suggs in the face.

Brooklyn’s Cameron Johnson earned a technical foul 10 seconds into the second quarter for flopping.

Email Jason Beede at jbeede@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on X, known as Twitter, at @therealBeede.