Orlando 94, New Jersey 78

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, December 29, 2011 7:00 PM
Location - Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials - #27 Dick Bavetta, #50 Olandis Poole, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance - 18954

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
New Jersey 16 28 18 16 78
Orlando 28 22 25 19 94

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 1-2 0-1 1-1 L2
Orlando 2-1 2-0 0-1 W2

Recap


Dwight Howard scored 16 points and had 24 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 94-78 win over the visiting New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.
 
Howard, the subject of trade rumors that linked him to New Jersey before the season, put up his big numbers despite going to the bench late in the second quarter with three fouls.

Orlando (2-1) has won eight straight against New Jersey (1-2), which hasn't beaten the Magic since April 11, 2009.

Howard, whose rebound total was two short of his career high, added three blocked shots. Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and Jason Richardson added 16 for the Magic.

Rookie MarShon Brooks scored 17 points for New Jersey and has led the Nets in scoring the last two games.

Orlando led 42-22 midway through the second quarter, but New Jersey finished the period with a 22-8 run to trail 50-44 at halftime. The Magic regained a double-figure lead in the third quarter and pulled away.

New Jersey coach Avery Johnson shook up his starting lineup after a 36-point loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. Mehmet Okur replaced Johan Petro at center while Sundiata Gaines took over at shooting guard for Anthony Morrow.

Magic guard Jameer Nelson left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return. He was scoreless in 17 minutes.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Orlando
MarShon Brooks 17 Scoring Ryan Anderson 22
Deron Williams 7 Assists Hedo Turkoglu 7
Kris Humphries 10 Rebounds Dwight Howard 24
Deron Williams 6 Free Throws Made Ryan Anderson 5
Deron Williams 2 Steals Dwight Howard 3
Shelden Williams 2 Blocks Dwight Howard 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Jersey 78 37.7 6-17 14-21 17 42 5 5 15
Orlando 94 44.4 9-21 13-25 25 46 4 8 13

Upcoming Games

  • Orlando will play their next game on the road against Charlotte. The Magic have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Atlanta . The Nets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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