Magic top Nets in Summer League opener
The Nets were down by double-digit margins at both halftime and the end of the third quarter, but rallied in the fourth and tied the game on a transition three-pointer with less than a minute remaining.
But with just 29.7 seconds left on the clock, Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson’s strong post move led to a hoop and some harm from Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor, and the Orlando forward converted the three-point play that gave his team a lead they would not again relinquish.
Nicholson, who was the Magic’s first-round pick in last month’s NBA Draft out of St. Bonaventure, led all players with 24 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes, with teammate and fellow rookie Maalik Wayns dishing out a game-high 10 assists.
Al Thornton led the way for the Nets with 18 points and seven rebounds, with Taylor adding 17 and six boards. Carleton Scott (16), Adam Morrison (10) and Jeff Foote (10) also dropped double-digits for Brooklyn.
MarShon Brooks, however, struggled offensively, scoring just three points on 0-for-10 shooting. The second-year swingman, who has been rumored of late to be part of a potential trade for Orlando's Dwight Howard, did notch four assists and four rebounds in his 26 minutes.
The Nets will play their second of five Orlando Summer League games Tuesday at 5 p.m. against the Boston Celtics, who scored a 73-65 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in their opener behind 20 points from first-round pick Jared Sullinger and a double-double (10 points, 10 boards) from former Temple star Dionte Christmas.
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