NBA Game Summary - Denver at Orlando
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: Denver 82, Orlando 73
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 29 points and eight rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets used a strong defense to down the Orlando Magic, 82-73, at Amway Arena.
Anthony made 15-of-18 from the free throw line for the Nuggets, who are 4-1 on a season-long eight-game road trip. Kenyon Martin provided 13 points, while Chauncey Billups had 11 points in the win.
"It was a big win for us momentum-wise and confidence-wise as we go into the break," Anthony said. "We had one slip up in New Jersey, but with this type of game we redeemed ourselves."
Nene scored 12 points for Denver, which sits atop the Northwest Division with a 36-17 record heading into the All-Star break. The Nuggets also halted a 15- game losing streak in Orlando, which dated back to 1992.
"This was kind of personal. They left their starters in at the end of the game when they beat us in Denver," Martin said. "We remembered that and put it in the back of our minds. We came out with a great focus, and we wanted to get this win. Our guys did a great job on the defensive end."
Dwight Howard had a 16-point, 15-rebound effort for the Magic, who have lost three of five. Rashard Lewis shot a miserable 4-of-13 from the field for only 12 points, while Hedo Turkoglu had 11 points in the loss.
"We got absolutely dominated," said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. "Not one guy had a decent night offensively. Forget the shooting, which was pathetic, we couldn't even keep from getting the ball taken out of our hands. It was an embarrassing night for our players, for me, for everybody. We got absolutely dominated."
Courtney Lee donated 10 points for Orlando (38-13), which shot only 30.4 percent from the field overall, including 9-of-31 from three-point range. The Magic also committed a season-high 24 turnovers.
Martin and Anthony combined for 17 points in the first quarter, and the Nuggets held a 24-17 edge after the opening 12 minutes.
Denver held the Magic to only 29 first half points, outscoring them, 22-12, in the second quarter to take a 46-29 lead to halftime.
Orlando only got as close as 12 in the third quarter and headed into the fourth trailing, 63-51, after a couple free throws by Turkoglu.
An Anthony jumper with seven minutes to play in the game put the Nuggets ahead, 70-54, but the Magic staged a late comeback.
Lewis drained a pair of three-pointers, with the second cutting Orlando's deficit to 77-71 with two minutes left. With the score 79-73 in the final minute, Lewis and Mickael Pietrus each missed a long distance shot, and the Nuggets held on for the victory.
Orlando still holds a sizeable 7 1/2-game advantage over the Hawks in the Southeast Division...The Magic fell to 20-6 at home, while the Nuggets improved to 16-11 on the road...The teams split the season series, 1-1...Denver will finish out its road trip in Philadelphia, Chicago and Milwaukee.
02/11 23:43:55 ET