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MarShon Brooks Shines, But Nets Can't Hang With Magic

The Nets might be Dwight Howard's future team, but they're not as good as his current team (with him on it, at least). In their first of three meetings this season, the Magic dropped the Nets to 1-2 with a 94-78 defeat in Orlando on Thursday.

The Magic took control early and led by as many as 20 points midway through the second quarter, but rookie MarShon Brooks led the Nets back to within six at halftime. They got to within three early in the third quarter, but Orlando kept them at bay and put them away with a 9-2 run midway through the fourth.

The Nets have still yet to shoot 40 percent from the field this season, and they had just two players in double-figures on Thursday. Brooks led the way with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting, hitting both of his 3-point attempts. Deron Williams added 10 points, but shot just 2-for-12 from the field and had another six turnovers. Anthony Morrow was 2-for-10.

Former Net Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 22 points, while Howard added 16 points and 24 rebounds.