Orlando Magic vs New Jersey Nets: Live Reaction, Analysis and Video
The game tonight had the potential to be one of the most interesting of the season, considering it was believed by some fans and pundits that Dwight Howard would be traded to the Nets before yesterday's trade deadline.
To the surprise of many, Howard announced he would be staying with the Magic through next season. So instead of watching Howard's old team play his new team, fans are treated to a run-of-the-mill Magic vs. Nets game.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Any basketball is good basketball, right? So stay tuned for live reaction, analysis and video for tonight's game. Tipoff is set for 7:00 ET.
That's the ballgame folks. The Magic defeat the Nets, 86-70. The team was led by 18 points from Dwight Howard. All five of the Orlando starters scored in double figures. The Nets were led by Gerald Green with 14 points.
The Magic will take on the Miami Heat on Sunday and the Chicago Bulls on Monday. The Nets will play host to the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow night.
Thanks for tuning in tonight.
Here is what @BQRMagic (Evan Dunplap), editor of the Orlando pinstriped post blog, had to say about the intensity in tonight's game:
"Orlando and New Jersey playing with the intensity of an intra-squad scrimmage."
Jason Richardson just tried an off the backboard lob to Dwight Howard. But D-12 couldn't hang onto the rock.
Nets only have four points in the quarter. Four minutes remain.
The Nets have missed their last 11 shots from the field. Lucky to only be down by 19...
Here is what @HarveyAraton, New York Times writer, just tweeted about tonight's game between the Magic and Nets:
"At least not as sleep-inducing as the Nets-Magic game I am unfortunately attending."
The Magic have 20 fast break points tonight. The average nine per game.
Two weeks ago, Deron Williams torched the Charlotte Bobcats for 57 points, which is currently the high point game in the NBA this season. Check out the video for highlights of Williams' gem.
The Magic head into the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead over the Nets. Dwight Howard leading all scorers with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and three blocks.
Dwight Howard leads the NBA with 11 free throw attempts per game.
Sorry Magic fans I can't resist, for a reminder of just how nasty Kobe Bryant's facial on Dwight Howard was back in 2004, check out the video below.
Hedo Turkoglu has five straight points for the Magic to push the team's lead to 17 over the Nets.
Ryan Anderson has hit a three-pointer in 24 straight games, which currently leads the NBA.
Sundiata Gaines, who is averaging five points for the Nets this season, and started the game tonight in place of Deron Williams, hit a memorable game-winning shot against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, right after signing a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz. If I remember correctly, the game was on TNT. Check out the video below.
Here is some good halftime reading from Bleacher Report featured columnist Ben Shapiro, concerning all of the Dwight Howard drama leading up to the trade deadline.
Halftime. The Magic lead the Nets by 10, 46-36. Dwight Howard has 10 points to lead the Magic. In addition, Jason Richardson has eight points, shooting 2-3 from beyond the arc. The Nets are led by Gerald Green with 14 points.
The Magic are shooting 55 percent from the floor. The team has received a big lift from "Big Baby." The former LSU Tiger has nine off the bench.
With two minutes left in the first half, the Magic have a 12-point lead over the Nets.
After all of his shenanigans with the Kardashian family, it seems out of place seeing Kris Humphries play professional basketball. It's almost the equivalent of watching Snooki play in a WNBA game.
Here is what @AlexKennedyNBA, NBA writer for hoopsworld.com, just tweeted about Glen Davis' intro music:
"By Glen Davis' request, the Orlando Magic now play "Baby" by Justin Bieber every time he scores."
I think I could watch Glen "Big Baby" Davis set screens all day.
It was recently announced Nets point guard Deron Williams will test the free agency waters this offseason and opt out of the final year of his contract.
Bleacher Report featured columnist Adam Wells has all the details. Check out his video below.
At the end of the first quarter, the Magic lead the Nets by four points, 22-18. The Magic were led by 10 points from Dwight Howard. New Jersey was led by Gerald Green with seven points.
When J.J. Redick fails to make one three-pointer in a game, the Magic have a record of 2-8 this season.
Magic currently shooting 46 percent, compared to 40 percent from the Nets. Magic lead by two points with three minutes left in the first quarter.
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