Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets Manhandle Orlando Magic 150-108

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Whatever glimmer of hope the Orlando Magic had after narrowly losing to Philly in overtime Sunday, the Brooklyn Nets quickly snuffed it Tuesday night.


First Half

Kyrie Irving did much of the scoring for Brooklyn, clocking 41 points. He was 14-19 on field goals, 6-7 on 3-pointers and was 100 percent (7-7) on free throws. Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond each contributed 10.

For the Magic, Wendell Carter, Jr. led in scoring with 14 points, going 6-10 on field goals and 1-1 on both 3-pointers and free throws. Cole Anthony and Mo Wagner (off the bench) each contributed 11 points. Anthony also helped with 6-8 free throws.

The Nets dominated in all the areas that count: They clocked 27 rebounds to Orlando’s 20, shot 62.7 percent to Orlando’s 38 percent on field goals, and 57.1 percent to Orlando’s 33.3 percent on 3-pointers.

It stands to reason then that the Magic trailed by 30, 86-56 at halftime.


Second Half

The slaughter continued in the third quarter. Kevin Durant showed out a little more, adding nine more points while Irving kept scoring indiscriminately, making 10 points in the third. Durant nailed 5-6 of his free throws while Irving nailed 3-4 of his.

For the Magic’s part, Franz Wagner came in and contributed 12 points while Anthony was the next highest scorer in the third with eight points.

The Nets got into the bonus in the third with the quarter ending 116-89.

With less than three minutes left in the game, the Nets had mauled the Magic 146-106. Anthony led in overall scoring for the Magic with 19 points. Carter totaled 18, Franz Wagner totaled 16 and his brother Moritz totaled 15.

When the Nets had finally benched Irving (who the fans began to chant for), he netted 60 total points. His teammate Nick Claxton got a double double on the night, despite not putting up too many points, contributing 12 points and 10 rebounds.

By game’s end, Moritz Wagner got a double double as well with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Nets’ bloodbath ended in a 42-point gap, 150-108. Not that either team has any time to really dwell on it.

The Orlando Magic continue their homestand, facing the Detroit Pistons Thursday, March 17 at 7pm EST. The Brooklyn Nets return home to host the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm EST.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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