In a game where the Nets only featured nine secondary players, Brooklyn defeated the also depleted Magic. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had another fantastic game with 24 points in only 24 minutes on eight for twelve shooting (four for eight from three) and seven rebounds. Dzanan Musa had a career high night, scoring seventeen points in five of fifteen shooting with six rebounds and six assists. Jeremiah Martin also looked sharp, scoring 24 points on eight for fifteen shooting. The Magic were led by Markelle Fultz and Wesley Iwundu, who both scored 18 points.
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The team played great defense, only allowing 32 field goals. 32 field goals is much lower than the Nets average opponent field goals made per game of 41.4. Another factor was that the Nets recorded double the assists of the Magic (26 vs 13). This unselfish play is a positive reflection of Jacque Vaughn’s coaching. Brooklyn has already found team chemistry, which is remarkable considering they have only played seven games together.
While the Nets have added an impressive win to their now 5-2 bubble record, there are still some negatives. Justin Anderson shot one for fifteen and 0 for 12 from three. Unfortunately for him, that performance may cost him a permanent spot on the Nets for next year. Also, Chris Chiozza left after 21 minutes of play because of right adductor tightness. The final negative is that the Nets will be facing the Raptors without star players Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Spencer Dinwiddie, among others. If more of those players decided to opt in at the beginning, Brooklyn would have been given more reinforcements for their playoff run.
The big picture is that the Nets have a lot of young talent, which was highlighted by today’s game. The Long Island coaching staff does a great job with player development, and recently they have improved the games of Dzanan Musa, Jeremiah Martin, and TLC. Jarrett Allen, Garrett Temple, Joe Harris, and Caris Levert should be back into action as the Nets play their final regular season game against the Trailblazers on Thursday at 9:00 PM on TNT.