Final: Brooklyn Nets outlast Orlando Magic, 82-74

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

It wasn't pretty, but the Nets improved to 3-2 with Sunday's win.

This one wasn't nearly as easy as Friday's win in Orlando, but the Nets beat the Magic for the second straight time on Sunday, grinding out a 82-74 victory at Barclays Center.

After a 35-17 first quarter, it looked like another blowout. But the Nets' offense struggled after that and the Magic were able to hang around. They led by 15 early in the fourth quarter, but the Magic cut the lead down to five with 2:05 left. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez then answered with big buckets to hold off Orlando and the Nets escaped with an eight-point win.

Both teams shot less than 40 percent overall, but the Nets outscored the Magic 21-3 from three-point range and outrebounded them 55-41. Lopez led all scorers with 20 points, Kris Humphries added 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Williams finished with 17 points, seven boards and seven assists.

The win put the Nets at 3-2, the first time they have had a winning record after five games since the 2007-08 team and it was also the first time since 2006 that the Nets held an opponent to 75 points or less in two consecutive games.

D-Will was unhappy after the game with a non-call in the fourth quarter that left him with a sore left ankle.

"I came down on the defender’s foot which was supposed to be a foul. That’s a point of emphasis," Williams said. "I missed 13 games my third year in the NBA (because of a similar play). It’s definitely a dangerous play and it should’ve been a foul."

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