Looks like the smack in the face delivered by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday woke up the Magic. The Magic delivered a strong victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 105-82 at Barclays Center.
Magic coach Scott Skyles put the team through a rigorous, full contact practice on Sunday that was full of fire and intensity. The team hoped that the rough workout would produce results in the next game, and it certainly did.
The Magic began the game with a renewed intensity. Multiple passes and ball movement was the new rule. High energy and their usual scrappy play resulted in a blowout.
Nic Vucevic scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, helping the Magic dominate with 53% shooting. They team just wanted to get past the Cleveland Embarrassment. “I think guys really wanted to get the bad feel of that loss against Cleveland out of our systems,’’ said Vucevic.
The win in breaks a two game losing streak for the Magic, who torched the Nets for 9 three pointers in the game. The focus on ball movement led to more team involvement and better shot selections. Alfred Peyton scored 17 points, Tobias Harris NS drew Nicholson scored 15 and Evan Fournier dropped 11 in the contest. Monday’s victory was the Magic’s first ever in Brooklyn in seven tries.
The Magic Next play the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday at the Amway Center in Orlando.