Magic 107, Nets 86

Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ORLANDO -- Rookie reserve guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 pick of the NBA Draft, scored 19 points in 21 minutes to spark the Orlando Magic to an easy 107-86 victory over the veteran-laden Brooklyn Nets.
Center Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic (2-2), who led the entire second half.
The Nets (1-2) may have a league-high six All-Stars on the roster -- and they beat the Miami Heat two days before -- but they were no match for the young legs and fast breaks of the Magic on Sunday.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points and Paul Pierce had 16. Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams -- the other three All-Stars in the starting lineup -- all struggled to score.
The loss spoiled the Nets coaching debut of Jason Kidd, who missed the first two games with a suspension.
The Magic led by as many as 23 points midway in the fourth quarter after a 3-point basket by Jameer Nelson.
Oladipo, who dominated the third quarter, opened the fourth quarter by scoring six consecutive points, getting his third basket after stealing the dribble of Williams. The Magic led 82-61.
The Magic led 74-59 going into the final period, getting eight points and two assists in the third period from Oladio, their draft pick from Indiana.
Orlando opened the second half with a 17-4 run, starting with a pair of 3-point baskets by second-year forward Maurice Harkless. The Magic led 58-42, their biggest advantage of the quarter.
The Magic led 41-38 at intermission after center Nikola Vucevic sparked a second-quarter run with 10 points. He had 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Guard Aaron Affalo, who scored 30 points in Friday's home-opening victory, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes to provide an early burst.
The Nets, who were coming off a victory over the Miami Heat Friday, shot just 36 percent from the field in the first half. Brook Lopez had 10 points in the first two quarters. Joe Johnson was scoreless with just two shots taken.
The Magic are home against the Clippers Wednesday, while the Nets are home Tuesday against Utah.
NOTES: There was more than just an experience gap between the two teams. The Nets brought a payroll (including luxury taxes) that reaches $187 million this season, compared with the Magic's $63 million. The Nets' starting lineup will make $81 million this season, compared with $22 million for the Magic starters. ... Kidd, who retired after playing 19 seasons, made his NBA coaching debut for the Nets after missing the first two games with an NBA suspension stemming from his earlier drunken driving guilty plea. Kidd coached the Nets summer-league team in July. "I've got a lot more to learn about coaching," Kidd said before the game. "The summer now seems like a long time ago. This is learning on the fly." ... The Nets defeated the Magic four times last season by an average of 19.8 points. ... Magic F Glenn Davis, who missed the entire preseason recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, resumed practicing for the first time this weekend. Davis, though, may be weeks from playing in his first game. ... With his first seven minutes on Sunday night, Nets F Kevin Garnett moved past Wilt Chamberlain and into fifth place on the NBA's career minutes played list. Garnett entered the game with 47,853 minutes.

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