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Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic Takeaways and Player Grades

Dec 16, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets 118-111. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets started off their three-game road trip against the Orlando Magic. They fell short in Orlando with their 18th loss on the season, 111-118.

The Brooklyn Nets traveled down south to the Amway Center take on the Orlando Magic Friday night. Unfortunately, horrible play down the stretch kept the Nets from being able to attain their second straight win on the season.

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For the most part, the first quarter was a back-and-forth battle between both teams. Brooklyn went on a 10-run towards the end of the period to take a 24-19 lead with 1:35 remaining in the quarter. However, the game was still close at the end of the first period, with the Nets leading, 28-25. The largest lead Brooklyn held in the first quarter was by five points.

In the second quarter, both teams continued to fight hard, but the Nets pulled away to a 37-29 lead with 9:37 remaining in the half. Orlando answered back, ending the quarter on 9-2 run to hold a 53-52 advantage at the end of one half.

The third quarter was when things started to unravel for the Nets. They got off to a strong start, regaining the lead and extending it to as much as nine. However, as Brooklyn has proven all season, they cannot sustain life for a whole third quarter. Orlando went on a 10-3 run with 4:50 to go in the third to tie the game at 73 apiece.

The Magic went on to take a 74-73 lead with 2:30 remaining in the period and led 83-82 at the end of the third.

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In the final period, fouling was a major issue for the Nets. Brooklyn was in the penalty just midway into the fourth quarter, and Brook Lopez even fouled out of the game, with 20 seconds remaining. Foul trouble, along with turnovers, were the storylines of the last quarter for Brooklyn.

With 1:36 remaining in regulation, the Nets trailed 108-113. The fact that they finished with just three more points (111) shows how their offense went for the remainder of the game. The Nets missed shot after shot, but also took too long to decide on their sets in the final seconds of the game. As a result, Orlando was able to come out on top.

Lopez led the Nets with 22 points. Jeremy Lin, who was questionable for the game, added 17 points.

Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 21 points apiece.

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