Nets Halftime Report: Deron Williams-Less New Jersey Trail Orlando Magic by 10

Artem AltmanContributor IIIMarch 25, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  #8 Deron Williams of the Nets speaks with his coach, Avery Johnson during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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If the New Jersey thought they have chance against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic at full strength, then what chance do they have without Deron Williams?

A slim chance is still a chance.

At halftime of their game against Orlando, New Jersey is only trailing 48-38.

Travis Outlaw is leading the Nets with 10 points, with Jordan Farmar adding eight. Kris Humphries has six rebounds, three of the offensive, along with six points.

Orlando is being led by Howard’s 13 points and 12 from Brandon Bass. 

In the first quarter, New Jersey jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, causing Orlando to call its first timeout at the 10:18 mark. Four minutes later, New Jersey was on the tail end of Orlando’s 15-4 run with the score now 16-11, causing New Jersey to call a timeout. 

New Jersey kept pace with Orlando and trailed 20-25 at the end of the first quarter. 

Orlando scored six points to open up the second quarter before New Jersey put ended the drought with a Outlaw layup. 

With 6:18 remaining in the second quarter, score at 26-37 in favor of Orlando, New Jersey went on a 9-4 run and pulled with five points of Orlando with 3:02 remaining in the second on an Anthony Morrow three-point field-goal. 

Orlando finished the first-half strong, with three-pointer from Ryan Anderson and five points coming from Howard. 

As the first half buzzer sounded, New Jersey was trailing Orlando, 38-48. 


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