Despite having both Nikola Vucevic and Jameer Nelson unavailable, the Orlando Magic more than held their own for the first two quarters against the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets.
The third quarter was another matter.
The Nets, who gave up 115 points in a loss at Orlando last week, unleashed a barrage of 3-point field goals at halftime and withstood a challenge by the Magic early in the fourth quarter to come away with a 97-88 victory.
Of the 12 3-pointers made by the Nets, seven of them were during the third quarter, when they outscored the Magic 33-21 after trailing 49-46 at halftime. The Magic shot better than 50 percent in leading for almost the entire first half but cooled off considerably after that.
They got to within six points of the lead with 5:27 remaining but went scoreless for almost the next three minutes.
Nelson was not in uniform due to a strained left groin. Victor Oladipo started in his absence and had 14 points but just one assist and six turnovers in 26 minutes.