Final Score: Denver 108, Orlando 105
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and pulled down
19 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets edge the Orlando Magic, 108-105, at the
Pepsi Center on Wednesday night.
Ty Lawson had 19 points and eight assists, Andre Miller donated 18 points and
Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists
for the Nuggets, who have won three straight.
Jameer Nelson poured in 20 points to go with eight assists and J.J. Redick
added 17 points off the bench for the Magic, losers in 10 straight.
Andrew Nicholson and Arron Afflalo scored 12 points apiece, DeQuan Jones
added 11 and Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14
boards in the setback.
"It's 10 games in a row. I don't know what else to say except we have to play
better and win," Afflalo said.
Josh McRoberts' layup with 9 1/2 minutes left gave Orlando an 83-75 lead, but
Denver was able to cut it to 87-83 just over two minutes later following a
Nelson buried a triple to put the Magic up 94-87, but Andre Iguodala countered
with a 3-ball of his own to make it a four-point game.
Faired scored the game's next three points to pull the Nuggets within 94-93,
and a pair of Miller free throws gave Denver its first lead since the
seven-minute mark in the third.
The teams traded blows until Nelson converted three free throws after he was
fouled attempting a trey to put Orlando up 99-97 with just under 2 1/2 minutes
remaining. Iguodala, though, found Faried for an alley-oop to tie the game
After both sides went nearly a minute without a basket, Lawson's layup put the
Nuggets up for good.
Lawson took the ball on the right wing, took one dribble to his left then spun
toward the baseline to shake his defender and dropped it in as he was fouled.
Lawson sunk the subsequent free throw to put Denver ahead 102-99.
McRoberts found Redick on a backdoor cut, but Redick's layup rolled off the
rim. After the ball was knocked out of bounds on the ensuing possession the
Nuggets ran a brilliant inbounds play to take a 104-99 lead.
Gallinari set a pick for Iguodala on the left block, then turned toward
Miller, who found Gallinari all alone for a thunderous dunk.
Afflalo buried a 3-ball to pull the Magic within 104-102, but Iguodala's lay-
in with 19.2 ticks left gave the Nuggets a 106-102 advantage. Lawson and
Brewer each split a pair free throws for a 108-103 lead and Maurice Harkless'
layup at the buzzer accounted for the final margin.
"We need these types of wins where we have to grind it out," said Iguodala.
Orlando lead 30-22 after the first 12 minutes, but the Nuggets were able to
cut it to 55-53 at the break. The Magic outscored Denver 22-17 in the third to
take a 77-70 lead into the fourth.
Denver outscored Orlando by a 68-52 margin in the paint and had 25 second
chance points while holding the Magic to 14 points on second opportunities ...
The Nuggets missed 14 free throws (22-for-36), but still made 13 more than the
Magic, who went 9-for-10 from the stripe ... Denver set an NBA season low with
seven personal fouls.
01/10 01:27:35 ET
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