Nets beat Magic 108-96, improve to 5-2 in restart

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 108-96 on Tuesday as both teams looked ahead to the playoffs.

Dzanan Musa added 17 points and Tyler Johnson had 14 for the Nets, who improved to 5-2 in the restart with their third straight victory. They have one game remaining before a first-round series against defending champion Toronto.

With the Nets locked into the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Magic eighth, the teams went with limited rosters while getting players extra rest. Brooklyn suited up only nine players and Orlando used 10.

Starters Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris and Garrett Temple all sat for the Nets, who kept rolling even without them.

“We’ve been having a good rhythm and playing really well on both ends of the court,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “It’s really important going to the playoffs, the first round, so we stayed together.”

The Nets limited the Magic to 29.5% shooting in the first half and the game was never in doubt for the final three quarters.

Markelle Fultz and Wes Iwundu each scored 18 points for the Magic, who have dropped five in a row after a 2-0 start at Walt Disney World. Coach Steve Clifford said he was disappointed in the intensity level of some of the guys who did play.

“We had some key guys tonight who have to get ready who didn’t do that. You can’t waste days. We didn’t get much out of this game other than some conditioning," Clifford said.