ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic ended two negative streaks while ruining Jason Kidd's first game as an NBA head coach.
Third-year center Nikola Vucevic and rookie point guard Victor Oladipo both had 19 points as the Magic outplayed the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of a 107-86 victory Sunday night.
It was the second straight win for Orlando, which hadn't won back-to-back games since Dec. 19, 2012, a stretch of 60 games. It also stopped a four-game losing streak to the Nets, who swept Orlando last season winning the four games by an average of 19.8 points.
Andrew Nicholson, a second-year reserve forward, added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Arron Afflalo had 16 points and a career-high eight assists for Orlando.
"That group in the other locker room (Nets) is very impressive, they're Hall of Famers," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said referring to offseason acquisitions Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and All-Star guard Deron Williams. "If we played them one-on-one, we'd lose. If we come with a collective responsibility approach at both ends of the floor, we have a chance and our guys did that at both ends of the floor."
The Magic limited Brooklyn to 38.2 percent shooting (34 of 89), outrebounded the Nets 54-42, and allowed only Brook Lopez and Pierce to reach double figures.
Lopez had 21 points and Pierce added 16.
The Nets' backcourt of Williams and Joe Johnson were a combined 5 of 17 from the field and Garnett made just 3 of 11 shots. Pierce was the top rebounder with seven.
"We wanted to dictate the game and I think we did that," Vaughn said. "We made them take the shot we wanted, we got a chance to rebound the basketball and we got a chance to push the ball up the floor, which is what we wanted to do."
Vucevic said the Magic played well on the defensive end.
"We know we've got to just keep being aggressive at that end," he said.
Kidd, who was suspended for the first two games of the regular season because of a drunk driving charge, didn't like his team's performance at either end of the court, especially in the second half. The Magic shot 50 percent in the second half, while outscoring the Nets 68-48.
"We didn't execute defensively when we needed to and we shot 30-something percent," Kidd said. "We moved the ball. Guys were touching it, but we missed some wide-open looks and we made those last game (against Miami)."