Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 29 points, including 12 Brooklyn points in the fourth quarter, as the Nets pulled away down the stretch for a 124-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night in an NBA in-season tournament game in New York.
The Nets improved to 2-1 in Group C and won their second straight thanks to Dinwiddie, who helped Brooklyn turn a two-point fourth-quarter lead into a double-digit victory.
After Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac hit a 3-pointer a little over a minute into the fourth to get the Magic within 91-89, Royce O’Neale and Lonnie Walker IV hit 3s to extend the lead to 97-89 with about 9 1/2 minutes left.
Dinwiddie began his small binge by hitting a 3 with 8:13 left, converting a three-point play with 7:11 to go and hitting another 3 with 6:37 left for a 106-92 lead.
Dinwiddie, who made 10 of 18 shots overall, hit another 3 with 3:16 left to up the lead to 116-97 and clinch Brooklyn’s third straight home victory. He also handed out a season-best-tying nine assists.
Mikal Bridges added 21 and Cameron Johnson contributed 11 of his 20 in the third to help Brooklyn erase a seven-point deficit.
O’Neale contributed 13 while Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker added 11 apiece as the Nets made 13 of 17 shots in the fourth and shot 54.1 percent overall.
Franz Wagner led Orlando with 21 points, but the Magic scored 18 points in the final quarter of their first tournament game. Paolo Banchero added 19 but shot 6 of 15 as the Magic shot 43.9 percent.
The Nets held a 33-19 lead on a 3 by O’Neale with 56 seconds left in the first but went ice cold and Orlando capitalized. The Magic countered the early deficit with a 26-5 run and opened a 45-38 lead on a 3 by Banchero with 5:28 left in the second and took a 60-57 advantage by halftime.
A 3 by Banchero and a layup by Wagner pushed Orlando’s lead to 79-73 with 4:11 left. The Nets outscored Orlando 15-7 the rest of the quarter and took a two-point lead into the fourth.
–Field Level Media
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