The Magic looked a bit fatigued through one half of play as the Nets picked apart the Magic defense -- particularly the undermanned second unit -- draining 3-pointers and getting into the lane whether it was through pick and rolls or post ups. Orlando did not have the will to drive to the basket or the ability to make shots.
Another blowout to the Nets seemed certain.
The third quarter was different. The defense tightened up, forcing Brooklyn into rushed passes and turnovers. The offense got out on the break and got moving, attacking the basket and kicking out and moving the ball from side to side.
The Magic cut was once a 17-point lead down to seven at the end of the third quarter and appeared to have a chance to sneak out a victory.
Those 12 minutes proved to be a mirage. A glimpse of what could be. The fourth quarter seemed more an image of what it is.
Orlando turned the ball over, gave up those open 3-pointers again and Brooklyn pulled away for an easy 97-77 ...