Durant leads Brooklyn into matchup with Orlando

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Orlando Magic (4-11, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (11-5, second in the Eastern Conference)

New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Kevin Durant leads Brooklyn into a matchup against Orlando. He currently ranks second in the NBA scoring 28.6 points per game.

The Nets are 9-4 in Eastern Conference games. Brooklyn is fifth in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing just 104.1 points while holding opponents to 42.9% shooting.

The Magic are 2-9 in conference matchups. Orlando is 0-1 in one-possession games.

The teams play for the second time this season. The Nets won the last matchup on Nov. 11, with Durant scoring 30 points points in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: James Harden is averaging 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists for the Nets. Durant is averaging 28.6 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

Cole Anthony is scoring 19.9 points per game and averaging 6.9 rebounds for the Magic. Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Orlando.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 8-2, averaging 111.2 points, 43.0 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.4 points per game.

Magic: 3-7, averaging 99.9 points, 45.6 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 41.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.5 points.

INJURIES: Nets: Paul Millsap: out (personal), Joe Harris: out (ankle), Kyrie Irving: out (not with team), Nicolas Claxton: out (illness).

Magic: Jonathan Isaac: out (knee), E'Twaun Moore: out (knee), Michael Carter-Williams: out (left ankle), Markelle Fultz: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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