For the second game in a row, the Orlando Magic struggled mightily to score in the third quarter.
They were able to overcome that dry spell against the Boston Celtics. They had no such luck against the Brooklyn Nets, the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets rolled to a 101-90 victory Tuesday night in a game where they turned up the heat on the Magic to start the second half. Any hopes the Magic had of sustaining any momentum from snapping a 10-game losing streak ended when they went only 3 of 21 from the floor in a 14-point third quarter.
Arron Afflalo had his lowest-scoring game since the fifth game of the season with only 11 points. Coach Jacque Vaughn gave Afflalo, Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson the fourth quarter off in the first game of a back-to-back.
The Magic shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half but trailed 46-42. Once again, Kyle O’Quinn provided a spark off the bench with five points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. And Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson were used to start the second quarter after both of them did not play Sunday night.