Nets make a stop in Orlando

Updated: November 3, 2013

( – The Brooklyn Nets look to build on a big win when they
visit the Orlando Magic Sunday at Amway Center.

The Nets disposed of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat with
Friday’s 101-100 victory, as Joe Johnson’s late free throws proved to be the
difference and he finished with 19 points.

Paul Pierce also netted 19 points and Brook Lopez chipped in 13 for the Nets,
who rebounded from a season-opening loss at Cleveland.

“It was good that we got a taste of this type of atmosphere this early in the
season to try to see where we’re at,” Pierce said after the Nets ended a 13-
game slide to Miami. “Miami, whenever they come into town, they’re a measuring
stick for everybody, so it was good for us to come out and get the win.”

Nets new head coach Jason Kidd will return to the bench for Sunday’s clash with
Orlando. Kidd missed the first two games of the season while serving a
suspension for a DUI incident.

In milestone news, Nets veteran center Kevin Garnett is seven minutes shy of
passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth in minutes played in NBA history.

The Magic ended a two-game losing streak to start the season with Friday’s
110-90 victory versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Arron Afflalo led six Orlando players in double figures with 30 points on 10-
of-14 shooting. Maurice Harkless had 20 points to go with a team-high eight
rebounds and four steals, while Kyle O’Quinn added 14 points and four blocks
off the bench.

“We played the way we wanted to,” Harkless said. “We played well defensively
and that’s what really got us out to a big lead. We just have to be able to put
games like this together on a nightly basis.”

Orlando outscored the Pelicans during the second quarter, 31-15, and led by as
many as 30 points in the second half.

The Magic lost all four meetings with the Nets last season, but have won 10 of
the previous 13 encounters in central Florida.