Nuggets 120, Magic 94

Views 7
0

DENVER -- Guards Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 18 points each, forward Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds and the Denver Nuggets routed the Orlando Magic 120-94 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Forward Quincy Miller, starting in place of injured forward Wilson Chandler, had career highs in points (16) and rebounds (11). Seven Denver players scored in double figures.

Forward Tobias Harris had 22 points and nine rebounds and center Glen Davis scored 20 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight.

The Nuggets have suddenly found a rhythm after dropping eight straight. Foye has been one of the catalysts, but a renewed focused throughout the roster has Denver (19-17) back above .500.

Faried is one of the players who has played better during the past week. Given the order to "just play" by the coaching staff, Faried has turned in five strong performances. He is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds during that time.

The Nuggets, after eking out a win against Memphis, have won the last four games by double digits, including a convincing victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

On Saturday night, they faced a banged-up and overmatched Orlando team that was playing without leading scorer Arron Afflalo. He suffered a strained right foot against Sacramento on Friday night and was in a walking boot before the game.

Afflalo probably couldn't have done much against his former team. The Nuggets raced out to an early 15-point lead after a 12-0 run, then pushed it to a 23-point advantage early in the second quarter.

The Magic (10-27) got within 15 on several occasions, but Foye scored the last three points of the first half to give Denver a 69-47 lead at the break.

The Magic got within 16 a few times, but Denver consistently answered. Faried provided one highlight when he blocked Harris' dunk attempt with Denver leading by 18.

Denver, which lost forward Darrell Arthur to a left groin strain in the third quarter, led by as many as 36 points in the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Nuggets F Wilson Chandler missed his second straight game with a strained left groin. Chandler was injured in Tuesday night's win over the Boston Celtics. Coach Brian Shaw said Chandler is improving, but the team is being cautious. ... Magic G Arron Afflalo was in a walking boot after suffering a right foot strain in Friday night's loss at Sacramento. Coach Jacque Vaughn said there is no timetable for his return. ... Nuggets F Anthony Randolph was unavailable with a sprained left ankle. ... The Magic were held below 100 points during each game of their six-game losing streak. Entering Saturday, they were averaging 85.7 points in the six games.

You may also like

HEADLINES & RUMORS