Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/8

Game 1: Saturday, January 8th
Game 2: Saturday, March 5th
Game 3: Sunday, March 13th
Game 4: Saturday, April 2nd

Nets 98

(28-36, 12-22 away)

Magic 82

(31-31, 21-10 home)

    6:00 PM ET, March 13, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 21 22 34 2198
    ORL 21 20 14 2782

    Top Performers

    NJ: V. Carter 33 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Orl: H. Turkoglu 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Magic waste 23 from Hill, Turkoglu

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets broke out a slump at the expense of the fading Orlando Magic.

    Carter had 33 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Nets to a 98-82 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

    Jacque Vaughn added 22 points on 11-of-17 shooting for New Jersey, which enjoyed its largest margin of victory in a month. Before the 16-point win, the Nets had lost four of their last five games by an average of 20.3 points.

    Carter shot only 33 percent (31-of-94) in that five-game span, but hit 10 of 19 shots against the Magic. He went to the free throw line 16 times, hitting 12.

    "I've been getting good shots, but just not making them," Carter said. "I told myself to just shoot the ball with confidence and that's the way I approached it. It was a fun game to be a part of."

    Magic forward Grant Hill tried to defend Carter most of the game.

    "There are about 20 guys in this league who when they get going there is nothing you can do about it and Vince had it going," Hill said "I know Vince has been having a tough season and I wish I could have done a better job on him, but he was vintage Vince tonight."

    Orlando lost its fourth straight game and is 3-7 since the All-Star break. Hill, who missed the previous three games with a shin injury, had 23 points in his return. Hedo Turkoglu also had 23 points.

    The Magic dropped to .500 (31-31) for the first time this season and the frustration is showing. Steve Francis was ejected, rookie Dwight Howard received the first technical foul of his pro career, Turkoglu got in a shoving match with Zoran Planinic just before the buzzer and reserve guard DeShawn Stevenson booted the ball into the stands at the buzzer.

    "The time to get upset about things is during the game when you can do something about it like play better defense, communicate, move the ball ... that's the way you should respond," Magic coach Johnny Davis said.

    The Nets, who led 43-41 at halftime, broke open the game by outscoring the Magic 34-14 in the third period. The Magic's demise began on offense where they turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter. That ignited a previously dormant New Jersey fast break. The Nets scored 17 points off the break in the period after scoring getting just two points on the fast break in the first half.

    "Our defense gave our offense some confidence," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "Jacque (Vaughn) was huge, running the floor, active as heck and Vince getting to the line 16 times. Hopefully we can continue to build on this." ^Notes:@ Howard, who averaged 15 points and 14.2 rebounds in his previous six games, had only two points and eight rebounds against the Nets. ... Orlando will open a five-game West Coast trip Tuesday night in Sacramento.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 82
    FGM-FGA 35-73 (.479) 31-81 (.383)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 23-32 (.719) 13-13 (1.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-39 10-40
    Assists 19 21
    Turnovers 12 20
    Steals 13 5
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 20 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 27 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 25 8

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 33
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Hedo Turkoglu Turkoglu
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0