Nets 98, Magic 86: Box Score Reaction

Check out last night’s box score here.

Three important things from the box:

1) Dray’s +/-. Filling in for Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche led the team in plus-minus with a +19 in 28 minutes. Dray Day hits another roller coaster high.

2) Team 3-point percentage. If you look at the pure shots made, the score doesn’t make much sense — the Magic shot roughly the same percentage from the field (45.8% to 44.9%), and got to the line more often. But the difference is in that middle number. The Nets were scorching (!!!) last night from deep for Brooklyn, as Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, and C.J. Watson each ripped nylon. Wallace was last night’s Jerry Stackhouse, hitting 5 of 6 from beyond the arc, including four threes in the third quarter, leading to…

3) 3rd quarter scoring. You won’t see it in the advanced box, but worth noting: The Nets have slowly but surely begun to get over their third-quarter troubles, and last night was a big example. The Nets outscored the Magic 31-21, mostly on the strength of Wallace’s explosion but also with contributions from the entire starting five. The third was the only significant quarter of difference between these two. Earlier in the year, it would’ve been in the other direction.