Bench propels Nets past Magic, to 8th win in last 9 - NBC Sports

Bench propels Nets past Magic, to 8th win in last 9
January 21, 2014, 10:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) Andray Blatche came off the bench and had a team-high 18 points and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Brooklyn Nets continued their resurgence with an eighth win in nine games, beating the Orlando Magic 101-90 on a snowy Tuesday night.

One night after routing the crosstown rival New York Knicks, the Nets kept up the surge. Their 8-1 start in January is a NBA best after a disappointing 10-21 start to their second season in Brooklyn.

Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce each had 13 points apiece for the Nets.

Despite heavy snow that was expected to dump 8-14 inches on the city, there were barely any empty seats with 15,482 in attendance at Barclays Center.

New York City native Kyle O'Quinn led Orlando with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. E'Twaun Moore had 13 points for the Magic, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Tied 38-all with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter, the Nets went on a 8-4 run to close out the first half up 46-42.

Brooklyn stepped up its defensive effort to start the third quarter after Orlando shot 50 percent in the first half, limiting them to just 3 for 21. The Magic missed their first nine shots of the period as the Nets capitalized and jumped out to a 64-48 lead. Aaron Afflalo made Orlando's first bucket with 4:50 remaining.

Nets star point guard Deron Williams came off the bench for the second straight game and had nine points and dished out nine assists in 28 minutes. It was his second game back after missing the last five due to a sprained ankle.

The Nets have allowed 91.7 points per game during their eight wins in January.

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