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Vucevic, buoyed by All-Star honor, hopes to lift Magic

According to STATS
According to STATS

Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic

  1. The Nets have won their last four games against the Magic. They will be looking to win five straight games against Orlando for the first time since a five-game streak from 2002 to 2003.
  2. Brooklyn was 8-18 on December 5, but the Nets now head into February with a record of 28-25 (.528). That's the second-best record by any team in NBA history entering February after being 10+ games under .500, behind only the 1977-78 Seattle SuperSonics (27-22, .551).
  3. Jarrett Allen nabbed 150 rebounds and blocked 28 shots in January. He joined Brook Lopez (December 2009) as the only Nets players in the last 20 seasons to have 150+ rebounds and 25+ blocks in a calendar month.
  4. The Magic have struggled to get to the free-throw line this season, as they rank last in the NBA with 18.8 free-throw attempts per game. The only time in franchise history they averaged fewer in a season was in 2012-13 (16.6).
  5. Nikola Vucevic has had at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of his last three games, making him the first player in Magic history to do that in three consecutive games.
  6. Terrence Ross doesn't start the game on the court (he has zero starts this season), but he plays a big role at the end of games. Ross has made 40 three-pointers in the fourth quarter this season, third most in the NBA behind James Harden (46) and Kemba Walker (45).

Orlando center Nikola Vucevic learned he was going to be a first-time All-Star on Thursday, then celebrated with his third straight double-double in a Magic victory.

His numbers were rather routine for him -- 17 points, 10 rebounds -- but the 107-100 home victory over the Indiana Pacers was something of a rarity for Orlando, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Vucevic and the Magic (21-31) will wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Vucevic, 28, was selected as a reserve from the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Game. He is averaging 20.6 points and 12.0 rebounds this season, which are both career highs. He is the first All-Star from the Magic since Dwight Howard in 2012.

"A great night, one of the best nights, obviously, that I've had in my professional career," Vucevic said on NBA.com. "It's an amazing feeling being selected as an All-Star.

"Obviously, I made it, but my team helped me so much get to this level this season. My teammates believed in me all year long and the new coaching staff pushed me every day to play even better. Once I started the season well, they all got behind me and kept pushing me to play even better."

The Nets (28-25) also have an All-Star, as guard D'Angelo Russell was named as an injury replacement for Indiana's Victor Oladipo. Russell strengthened his cause with 25 points and nine assists in Brooklyn's 117-114 loss at San Antonio on Thursday.

"We gave ourselves a chance," Russell said.

"It's hard to win in this league, especially against teams that have a good veteran group, well-coached. They're not going to beat themselves. When you go to an away game, you've got to come with your hard hat on and be ready to take that away."

Brooklyn has scored at least 100 points in 11 consecutive games, even though they have been without guard Spencer Dinwiddie for the past four due to torn ligaments in his right thumb. The Nets are 2-2 without Dinwiddie, who is averaging 17.2 points per game.

The Nets, who went 11-4 in January, will likely need a good game from second-year center Jarrett Allen to counter the good work the Magic are doing in the paint.

Fueled by Vucevic, Orlando allowed a NBA-low 9.8 second-chance points in January and, through Thursday's games, the Magic were second in the league in that category for the season. The Magic ranked seventh in opponents' points in the paint.

Allen, selected for the Rising Stars game during All-Star Weekend, is averaging 11.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Ed Davis comes off the bench to average a team-high 8.8 rebounds

The 20-year-old Allen has made highlight blocks against stars such as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Blake Griffin. Allen was 13th in the league in blocks (1.5 per game) and 10th in field-goal percentage (57.6) through Thursday.

"Definitely in the back of my head I wanted to make it," Allen said on NBA.com about the Rising Stars game. "I think I didn't get some of the credit I deserved last year for how well I improved and now it's just showing how much the hard work has paid off."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 1, 2019

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