The Brooklyn Nets are back on the winning track, and in a big way after they routed the Orlando Magic, 107-68, on Friday night. The Nets were once again without Gerald Wallace, as well as MarShon Brooks, but the Magic offense was woeful and the game was out of reach early in the second half. Orlando did not score 20 points in the a single quarter, and a 32-point second half led to the blowout win for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn had five players in double figures, as the wealth was spread around on the offensive end of the floor. Andray Blatche, of all people, led the team in scoring with 15 points. The much-maligned Blatche, who slimmed down this summer and had an impressive preseason, also pulled down nine boards in an efficient and productive evening off the bench. Joining him with steady frontcourt production was starting center Brook Lopez, who put up a double-double performance with 14 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Nets out-rebounded the Magic by 13.
Joe Johnson was two of five from behind the arc, and added 13 points while Deron Williams chipped in with 12. But with the rout on, most of Avery Johnson's starters were out of the game for the fourth quarter. Brooklyn was simply too much for a Magic team in rebuilding mode, and they took advantage of the lesser club to earn their first road win of the season.