Bojan Bogdanovic led Brooklyn with a career-high 22 points on 9-12 shooting, including 11 points on 5-5 shooting in the 3rd quarter alone. Bogdanovic looks increasingly comfortable as each game passes. His offensive skill-set has impressed, and he’s showing why he’s the only rookie starting on a playoff team from last year.
Also: Nets had 22 second chance points to the Magic’s 7.
Brook Lopez was benched in the 4th quarter, finishing the game with just 26 minutes played. When asked about it after the game, Lionel Hollins seemed disappointed in Lopez’s defensive effort against Nikola Vucevic, who rounded his Sunday afternoon with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Brook struggled against Vucevic particularly in the 3rd quarter, as he allowed him to pour in 17 points on 8-10 from the field, mostly of the pick-and-pop variety.
The Nets out-rebounded the Magic 45-31, a rebound disparity of 14. They also corralled 14 offensive rebounds to preserve possessions, especially down the stretch as the game hung in the balance. Outside of Nikola Vucevic’s 12 boards, no other Magic player grabbed more than four.
The Nets cashed in on their free throws in this one, making 20 of their 23 attempts, good for 87%. While Brooklyn ranks as the 6th worst team in the league in getting to the stripe, they’re 6th best in converting their attempts into points. Even Mason Plumlee, who entered the game as a 37.5% free throw shooter, hit 4 of his 6 attempts.
Deron Williams shot 80% from midrange, hitting four of five shots. His confidence and lift in his jumper is apparent, and further indicates his improving health.