Short-Handed Magic Fall Just Short to Nets
The Lakeland Magic, NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, fell to the Long Island Nets 94-93 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
The Lakeland Magic were down four key players and three coaches, including head coach Joe Barrer, due to health and safety protocols. The Magic were also without leading scorer BJ Johnson due to rest. Despite the roster obstacles, Lakeland came out hot and took an early lead over the Nets behind a strong first quarter from Jeremiah Tilmon. Tilmon was 5-5 in the opening period with 11 points in just six minutes. The two teams battled throughout the second quarter and Long Island took a 50-49 lead into halftime.
After another tight quarter, Craig Randall II and Long Island extended the lead to as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Down seven points with 44 seconds on the clock, Lakeland newcomer Brendan Bailey hit a buzzer-beater from behind the arch to cut the lead to four. On the following possession, TJ Haws stole the ball and drove the length of the court to score and bring the Magic within two points. After two Nets free throws, Hassani Gravett drained a clutch triple with just two seconds left on the clock. With a one-point lead, Long Island was able to inbound the ball and evade a Magic foul as time expired to escape with the victory.
In his first game with the Magic, newly signed Brendan Bailey led all scorers with 21 points on 5-9 from three. Gravett posted 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Samir Doughty added 12 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Randall finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. David Duke Jr. posted 16 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Rachal added 16 points and five rebounds.
The Magic and Nets play again tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL. Fans can tune in to watch on Bally Sports Florida.
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