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Magic 95, Nets 85: New Jersey Hangs Tough, Fades Late

The New Jersey Nets put up a fight, but fell short as they lost a tough 95-85 game to the Orlando Magic on Friday night. It was the Nets' fifth loss in their last six games while the Magic have now won five straight.

Orlando led by 10 at half, but the Nets fought back to take a two point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game on a Sasha Vujacic three. The Magic answered with a 13-0 run, including six from former Net Ryan Anderson to put the game away.

Every starter for New Jersey scored in double figures, led by Anthony Morrow's 19. With the Nets missing Deron Williams and Sundiata Gaines due to injury, Jordan Farmar played a team-high 41 minutes, scored 15 points and dished out 16 assists. Kris Humphries turned in another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Dwight Howard paced the Magic with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu had 20 and Jason Richardson added 16. Orlando was able to survive a terrible shooting night by Gilbert Arenas off the bench, as the guard hit on just one of 12 attempts.

The Nets lost all four games to the Magic this season and seven in a row against their friends to the south.

There's little time for New Jersey to worry about this loss as they finish up their three-game road trip Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Final - 3.25.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 20 18 25 22 85
Orlando Magic 25 23 18 29 95

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