NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (23-56) at Brooklyn Nets (43-36), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Currently in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference
playoff race, the Brooklyn Nets welcome the Orlando Magic to the Barclays
Center Sunday night.
The Nets lost their remote chance at an Atlantic Division crown when they fell
to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. Brooklyn fell, 93-88, and snapped a
franchise-best 15-game home winning streak.
"I'm glad this streak is over with," said Nets guard Joe Johnson. "Let's start
another one for another month and a half, two months."
Brooklyn is just 1 1/2 games clear of the Washington Wizards for the fifth
Mason Plumlee had 17 points off the bench in the Nets' first setback at the
Barclays Center since Jan. 31. Marcus Thornton added 14 points for Brooklyn,
which played without point guard Deron Williams due to a sore knee. Jorge
Gutierrez started in Williams' place and managed 11 points.
Guard Shaun Livingston (sprained toe) and swingman Alan Anderson (sore
abdominal) also sat out for Brooklyn in addition to Williams.
Paul Pierce scored 13 points and became the 18th player in NBA history to
score 25,000 points.
Brooklyn closes the season with a home game against the New York Knicks on
Tuesday and a road tilt versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The Magic are headed to the lottery once again and had a two-game winning
streak snapped Friday night with a 96-86 home setback to the Washington
Arron Afflalo scored a game-high 19 points, Kyle O'Quinn added 13 points and
nine rebounds and Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven
rebounds for the Magic.
"The offense got stagnant and we started to stand around too much on the
offensive end," said Nelson. "They turned up the pressure a little bit and it
The Magic raced out to a 29-17 lead after 12 minutes, but were outscored in
each quarter after that. Orlando committed 18 turnovers, which led to 23
Orlando travels to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bulls on Monday, then
concludes the regular season Wednesday night with a home contest against the
The Magic have won two of three against the Nets this season, including a big
win in Orlando on Wednesday. Brooklyn has won three straight as the host in
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