NBA Game Summary - Orlando at New Jersey
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: Orlando 91, New Jersey 90
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jameer Nelson made up for two missed free throws late in the contest by hitting the game-winning fadeaway with 4.1 seconds left in regulation to give the Orlando Magic a 91-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Nelson finished with 13 points, as did Vince Carter for the Magic, who were coming off home loses to Utah and Toronto. Dwight Howard ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Bass scored 14 in the victory.
Devin Harris and Brook Lopez paced the Nets with 26 and 23 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough to give the club back-to-back wins.
"We kept fighting, but we missed a few chip shots and gave up some second- chance points," Lopez said.
The Nets allowed Carter to get in the lane for an easy dunk to break an 83-83 tie before Harris missed two free throws with 2:03 remaining
Carter got inside again with a spin move for a lay-in, and Harris' scoop hit off the back rim at the other end. Howard was fouled grabbing an offensive rebound and made it 89-83 with two from the stripe with 57.5 seconds to go.
Travis Outlaw kept the Nets in it with a jumper, and a Carter miss preceded Jordan Farmar's deep three-pointer with 20.7 seconds remaining. Nelson, a career 80.7-percent foul shooter coming in, missed two at the line to keep it 89-88, and the Nets called timeout with 17.7 ticks left.
Lopez was fouled by Carter, who was trying to take a charge, and nailed both free throws with 11.5 showing to suddenly give the Nets the lead.
Nelson answered, though, as he flew down the court, came off a pick at the top of the key and dropped in a fadeaway over Lopez with time winding down.
"[Howard] set a great screen and that opened it up for me," recalled Nelson. "I was fortunate to make the shot. I kind of put us in that position by missing those free throws so I had to make up for it."
Harris' running try from just beyond halfcourt hit all backboard to end the game.
Orlando jumped out to a 31-25 in the first quarter and led 52-51 at the break despite the Nets scoring the final 10 points of the half.
Outlaw's late three gave the Nets a 69-68 heading to the fourth.
Orlando has won five straight over the Nets, who received 20 points from Outlaw...Harris had a game-high eight assists...Mickael Pietrus netted 12 points for the Magic, who won the battle on the glass, 43-31, including a 13-2 edge in offensive boards.
11/13 23:17:43 ET