NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Orlando 41 21 21 30 113
Brooklyn 25 28 37 25 115
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 19, 2021
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 16,966

Magic look to keep positive pace on road vs. Nets

According to STATS
According to STATS

Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets

  1. The Nets have wins by 37 and 33 points against the Magic since the start of last season. They are the only Eastern Conference team to beat an opponent twice by 30+ points over that span.
  2. Brooklyn is outscoring its opponents by 5.0 points per game in the first half of games this season, best in the NBA. They have led at the half in 11 of their contests, tied with the Bucks for the most in the NBA.
  3. Kevin Durant is on pace to average 25.0+ points per game with .500/.400/.800 shooting splits for the fifth time in his career. In NBA history, the only other player to have more than one such season is Larry Bird (3).
  4. The Magic have played much better on the road this year, averaging 104.9 points per game on the road compared to 94.9 at home. No team in NBA history has averaged 10.0+ more points per game on the road than at home over a full season.
  5. Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. are both averaging at least 9.0 rebounds per game this season. Since the NBA-ABA merger, the only pairs of teammates 23 or younger (based on age at end of regular season) to average 9.0+ rebounds per game apiece in the same season are Joe Barry Carroll and Larry Smith (1980-81 Warriors) and Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe (2013-14 Pistons).
  6. Jalen Suggs has shot under 50.0 percent from the field in all 14 games of his career thus far, the longest streak by a player to begin his NBA career since Chicago's Ben Gordon did so in 15 straight to open his career in 2004-05.

In their past two games, the Brooklyn Nets discovered difference between facing an elite team in the Golden State Warriors and a team with a respectable record but a depleted roster in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On Friday, the Nets will face a team many have experienced little difficulties beating when they host Orlando, which is the worst team in the Eastern Conference but also unbeaten in games played in New York.

Brooklyn is coming off a split of its back-to-back set against Golden State and Cleveland. After falling apart in the third quarter to Golden State on Tuesday, the Nets led by as many at 23 and survived a shaky second half in a 109-99 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

"It wasn't a good showing for four quarters, but we came away with the win and we just got to keep pushing forward," Nets guard James Harden said.

The Nets are 9-2 in their past 11 games. The two losses are double-digit defeats that got away from them in the second half against the Chicago Bulls and Warriors, while a bulk of their wins are against inferior teams, including a 123-90 rout in Orlando on Nov. 10 when Kevin Durant made 11 of 12 shots two nights after a 23-point loss in Chicago.

Brooklyn's key scoring options all bounced back Wednesday as Harden scored 27 and Durant added 23 after shooting 6 of 19 on Tuesday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 of his 24 in the fourth quarter and Patty Mills contributed 21 in his second straight start in place of Joe Harris (sprained left ankle), who is expected to miss Friday's game.

It marked the first time the Nets produced four players with at least 20 points, and it occurred after Brooklyn shot a season-worst 38.6 percent. It also occurred on a night when the Nets totaled 29 assists.

The Nets will push forward against an opponent riding high after an impressive fourth quarter in a 104-98 win against the Knicks on Wednesday. Two of Orlando's four wins are due to strong showings in the final 12 minutes at New York against the Knicks, and the Magic are hoping it can carry over to Brooklyn.

On Wednesday, the Magic snapped a three-game skid that saw them lose by a combined 63 points when they came alive defensively and offensively in the final period.

Orlando shot 57.1 percent in the final 12 minutes and ended the game on an 18-6 run over the final 5:45 on a night in which it shot 40.6 percent overall.

"One thing I will say is we talk about their resilience, their ability not to overreact, not to panic," Magic first-year coach Jamahl Mosley said after his team forced a season-high 18 turnovers and held an opponent under 100 points for the third time. "They are doing a great job communicating with one another in the huddle. My assistants did a great job of communicating with them the things we needed to do down the stretch."

Terrence Ross scored 19 points while Orlando's young trio of Cole Anthony along with rookies Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs combined for 44 points, including 21 of Orlando's 32 points in the fourth.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 18, 2021

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