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NEW YORK —The Brooklyn Nets knew it wouldnt stay this easy, even if five
quarters of evidence said otherwise. Justin Tucker Camo Jersey . The game did get
close, and unlike last Mondays meltdown, this time the Nets handled it.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Kris Humphries added 14 points and 21 rebounds,
and the Nets beat the Orlando Magic 82-74 on Sunday to complete a home-and-home
sweep. Deron Williams finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and
a couple key plays down the stretch after what once appeared to be another
blowout got tight. The Nets beat the Magic 107-68 at Orlando on Friday and
jumped out to an early 20-point lead in this one. But after losing a 22-point
lead at home against Minnesota on Monday, Brooklyn almost coughed up another
huge cushion, letting Orlando get within five in the final 2 minutes. “We
definitely take the win. Were happy about that. Were not happy about how we
finished the game and how we almost gave up a 20-point lead again,” Williams
said. “I dont know if we got lackadaisical or what because we were up 20, but
this is something that cant happen time after time.” Glen Davis had 19 points
and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who have dropped four in a row after opening with
two wins in their first season since trading Dwight Howard. “The shots that we
had tonight were good shots when you look on it. Its just the matter at the
beginning of the game having that focus for 48 minutes, not just three quarters
or one quarter or one half,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Soon as that
ball is thrown up at the beginning of the game, that focus needs to be there.”
Aaron Afflalo also scored 19 for the Magic, who won their last five games
against the Nets in New Jersey but so far dont match up against the rebranded
team in Brooklyn. Playing without Jameer Nelson (right hamstring), Al Harrington
(right knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (broken left hand), they simply dont have enough
offence, coming into the game ranked 26th in the NBA with 90.6 points per game.
They couldnt even get 20 points in the first seven quarters against the Nets,
then managed 21 in the final period of this one. “We fought hard and continue to
learn. Its only game six. Well hopefully figure out what it takes from the
beginning of the game until the end of the game,” Afflalo said. Joe Johnson
scored 13 for the Nets, who are still without starting forward Gerald Wallace,
who hasnt played since spraining his left ankle in the season opener. That didnt
matter Friday, and sure didnt look like it would early Sunday. “I think you can
have a tendency to see the score at times and youre up, 17, 18 points and you
may have a tendency to relax on a play or two, which could cause a team to get
some momentum,” Johnson said after a 3-for-13 performance that dropped his field
goal percentage to 36.2 per cent. “Obviously they gained a little bit, but we
were able to withstand it in the fourth quarter and make a few shots and put
them away.” A 14-2 run gave the Nets a 19-8 lead, and when Orlando got within
seven late in the first quarter, Brooklyn scored the final 11 points,
highlighted by C.J. Watsons six points in 4 seconds. He made a 3-pointer, then
stole the inbounds pass and drew a foul while making a layup. Reggie Evans free
throws made it 35-17 headed to the second and the rout seemed on, even if the
Nets werent buying it. “Like weve been talking about, its tough to beat a team
when you play them two games in a row,” Humphries said. “You have a big win,
theyre motivated to come in here and play. So we knew they were going to make a
run, but we were able to handle it and finish the game out.” It was hardly a
run. Orlando crawled back into it, with some help from the Nets. Andray Blatches
basket to open the second made it a 20-point game, but Afflalo had a pair of
three-point plays in a 12-2 surge that cut the lead in half. Brooklyn recovered
and went into the half leading 50-35. The Magic then outscored the Nets 18-13 in
a tough-to-watch third quarter in which the teams combined to shoot 12 for 34,
and cut it all the way to 75-70 on Davis basket with 2:07 remaining in the game.
Williams answered with a jumper, and after another basket by Davis, he found
Lopez inside for a 79-72 advantage with 59 seconds to play. He added a free
throw to push it to eight and the Nets were safe from there. Orlando finished 1
of 12 from 3-point range. NOTES: Williams turned his ankle in the fourth
quarter, and Nets coach Avery Johnson said he isnt getting enough room to land
on his jump shots. ... Vaughn spent two years with the Nets from 2004-06. ...
Jerry Stackhouse, 38, finished with five points after scoring 11 on Friday in
his Nets debut after sitting out the first three games. ... Reserve
MarShon Brooks (sprained left ankle) also was sidelined for the Nets.
Avery Johnson said he wanted to see both Wallace and Brooks go through a
practice before they could return. ... The Magic play their third consecutive
game against a New York team when they host the Knicks on Tuesday. Torrey Smith Womens Jersey .C. —Sarah
Wazney of Winnipeg is joining former Canadian and world champion Kelly Scotts
curling team. Paul Kruger Womens Jersey . The Halifax
native posted a time of 33.804 seconds in the mens K-1 200 metre to earn a
ticket to the London Games. “It feels awesome,” said de Jonge. http://www.theravensfanstore.com/authentic-torrey-smith-super-bowl-jersey/
.C. —Ron Rivera said based on recent conversations with team owner Jerry
Richardson he doesnt know if hell remain the Carolina Panthers head coach beyond
this season. Paul Kruger Jersey . Louis Cardinals in St.
Louis and took over top spot in the TSN. Ray Lewis Grey Jersey . Posey drove in five
runs with three hits, Barry Zito combined with two relievers on a five-hitter
and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday
night.ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. – Sven Andrighetto factored in on each of his clubs
five goals as the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the visiting Cape Breton
Screaming Eagles 5-2 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Andrighetto scored once and set up four more for the Huskies (5-1-0) and now has
five goals and 13 points in six games, which is good for second in league
scoring. Jean-Sebastien Dea had two goals for Rouyn-Noranda and now leads the
QMJHL in scoring with 11 goals and 15 points in six contests. Mathieu Brisbois
had a goal and an assist and Mathieu Lemay added a single goal to round out the
Huskies offence. William Carrier scored both goals for the Screaming Eagles
(0-3-3), who have lost six straight games to open the season. Alexandre Belanger
only had to make 15 saves for the win as Philippe Trudeau turned away 33-of-38
shots in a losing effort. Rouyn-Noranda went 1-for-7 on the power play while
Cape Breton went 1-for-5. In the only other QMJHL game of the night, Stefan Jr
Matteaus power-play goal at 15:54 of the first period stood up as the game
winner as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada edged the visiting Drummondville
Voltiguers 2-1 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Marshal Yanda Jersey. Cedric Paquette also
scored for the Armada (4-0-1) and added an assist for a two-point outing.
Jeremie Malouin scored his fourth goal of the season for the Voltiguers (3-2-0).
Etienne Marcoux stopped 23-of-24 shots for the win as Domenic Graham made 24
saves in a losing effort. Blainville-Boisbriand went 1-for-3 on the power play
while Drummondville failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.
Paquette opened the scoring at 14:18 of the first period. Matteau scored on the
power play less than two minutes later to give the Armada a 2-0 lead heading
into the first intermission. Malouin cut Blainville-Boisbriands lead in half at
4:33 of the second period, but that was as close as Drummondville could get as
Marcoux stopped everything else he faced through the final 35 minutes. ’ ’ ’ 

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