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Meeks’s Big 3rd Quarter Sparks Magic Win Over Nets

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In a game where Orlando Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel decided to play a different rotation than usual, Jodie Meeks scored an Orlando Magic season-high 18 points in the 3rd quarter to help the Magic defeat the Brooklyn Nets by the score of 115-107.

Meeks, who got the start in place of the injured Evan Fournier, went 7 for 11 from the floor and hit 4 three-pointers as the Magic outscored the Nets 36 to 21 and took a 15-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

“The word I use for Jodie Meeks is flammable. He is a flammable player. You put a spark near him and he has the ability to get red hot and catch fire. You just try to get him as many shots as possible during that stretch as you can as a coach. He was very pivotal in this victory.” – Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel

Elfrid Payton, who led the Magic in scoring and assists tonight (22 points and 11 assists), used his off-court chemistry with power forward Aaron Gordon to his advantage. The always-athletic Gordon caught two huge alley-oops from Payton, including one where Payton lobbed it off the of the backboard to Gordon to get the crowd of 18,094 and Hall of Famer and former Magic star Tracy McGrady on their feet.

“It’s pretty good. It’s pretty good. It’s something that’s growing and we look to grow a little bit more going into the summer.”- Elfrid Payton on Aaron Gordon

When Vogel decided to change up the rotation tonight, he played newly acquired Marcus Georges-Hunt and Patricio Garino extended minutes, while veterans Bismack Biyombo (5:38) and Terrance Ross (24:46) played few than their normal amount of minutes played.

Georges-Hunt, who is on a 10-day contract, used his 20 minutes played to his advantage. He scored all of his 8 points and 5 of 7 rebounds in the fourth quarter, but most importantly he played solid defense down the stretch when the Magic needed it.

Brooklyn took an early lead in the opening moments of the game as Jeremy Lin was able to get to the rim at will against Orlando’s interior defense. Lin finished the game with 32 points and did everything he could to keep the Nets in the game.

Orlando’s next game will be against the Indiana Pacers 6 p.m. Saturday night at Amway Center.

Points of Interest:

  • Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 12 rebounds (38th double-double of the season)
  • Aaron Gordon finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds
  • Orlando out-rebounded Brooklyn 48-39


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