August 19, 2019

Nets, Behind D’Angelo Russell’s 40 Points, Rally Past Magic

Nets, Behind D’Angelo Russell’s 40 Points, Rally Past Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. — D’Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points, helping the Nets come back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic, 117-115, on Friday night.

Russell’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left put the Nets ahead for the first time since they scored the game’s first basket in the first minute. After missed free throws by both teams left the Nets with a 2-point lead, Evan Fournier missed a shot in the lane that would have tied it for Orlando.

It was the 16th win in 21 games for the Nets, who made 19 of 46 3-point shots. At 24-23, they are above .500 after 47 games for the first time since 2012-13, and have won six straight games by 3 points or fewer.

Aaron Gordon scored 23 points for Orlando, which has lost six of eight. Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 50 percent but made only 10 3-pointers.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for the Nets.

The Magic made 11 of their first 15 shots in the second quarter to take a 58-37 lead. Russell made five 3-pointers in less than four minutes to put the Nets back in the game. He scored his team’s final 19 points of the first half.

Dinwiddie and Shabazz Napier sparked a second-half rally after the Nets had fallen behind by 86-68 midway through the third quarter.

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