Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans were going to teach rookies Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson a lesson in hustle. After the loss to San Antonio, this was surely something the team addressed in its team meeting Thursday.
Glen Davis and the Magic came out with the right energy and focus and carried it throughout. That extra level of execution though was not there and grinders like Evans and Wallace took advantage to help the Nets expand a two-point lead to double digits in the third quarter and win 98-86 at Amway Center on Friday.
Wallace hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter as Brooklyn hit six of seven to take an 11-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes. Wallace had at least two of those wide open and the Magic gave up a few more open 3-pointers as their defense was sucked in by dribble penetration, double teams on Joe Johnson and offensive rebounds.
The open shots that came in the third quarter were established because Johnson was able to take advantage of...