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Nets Can Only Hang With Magic for So Long

The worst start in franchise history got worse Friday night as the Nets fell 88-72 in Orlando. The Nets scored the first seven points of the game and led by 10 midway through the second quarter, but the Magic closed the half on a 16-6 run and the game was tied at the break. A 9-0 Orlando run late in the third gave them the lead for good and a 10-0 run early in the fourth put the Nets away. Brook Lopez was totally outmatched against Dwight Howard, shooting just 1-12 from the field, getting outscored 26-4 and outrebounded 12-5. Rafer Alston finished with his first career triple-double: 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Terrence Williams recorded another double-double, but the two combined to shoot 8-32 from the field. Chris Douglas Roberts played 18 minutes and said he "was tired as hell...I'll be back in game shape by next week." As a team, the Nets shot just 32 percent.