Orlando was very much in a race against Brooklyn. Time was not on its side after digging a 22-point deficit in the first quarter and looking like a Friday repeat was on the way. Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans dominated the offensive glass, getting the Nets plenty of extra possessions to build the lead.
The Magic were not going to lay down again. They were not going to let the bad snowball into worse and the worse become embarassing. Not on back-to-back games, not to the same team.
The problem is when you start a game 12 minutes later than the other team is that you become Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill. When you get so close, it seems to come crashing back down. That was the Magic as they played extremely strong defense and kept the Nets within striking defense. That was the Magic as they made enough offensive plays and found the ball movement needed to manufacture points to climb back in the game.
That was the Magic as they needed that one big sh...