NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Denver
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: Orlando 106, Denver 88
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu tallied a game-high 31 points and five assists to lead the Orlando Magic in a 106-88 romp over the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.
Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis dropped 23 points apiece for the Magic, who have rattled off seven consecutive victories in addition to finishing a four- game road trip in perfect fashion.
Dwight Howard had 14 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the win. He also blocked three shots.
"It feels good, you know, we're glad we had some energy tonight to play," Howard said. "It's tough playing against the Lakers and then Denver tonight. I'm just glad we got the win."
Linas Kleiza poured in 26 points for the Nuggets, who had won two straight coming in. Chauncey Billups ended with 18 points and Kenyon Martin 10 in defeat.
"(The Magic) figure out how to play and how to win," Nuggets head coach George Karl said. "Tonight, we just had too many holes to fill in. You got an Orlando team that's beating everybody and confident."
The Magic were up 26-23 after the first quarter but the Nuggets battled back to take a 48-47 advantage at the break.
The score remained close throughout the third frame, but Turkoglu's free throw and three-pointer opened a 79-70 Orlando lead -- its biggest advantage of the game to that point -- heading into the final 12 minutes.
Threes from Lewis and Courtney Lee put the Magic ahead, 85-71, with 10 minutes left.
Following a Billups missed jumper, Howard knocked down a hook shot to give Orlando a 91-75 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left to play, and the Magic cruised to the victory from that point.
The Magic improved to an NBA-best 17-5 on the road...The Nuggets finished up a season-long, seven-game homestand at 5-2. The Nuggets fell to 16-6 as the host this season...On the injury front, the Nuggets continue to play without All- Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who is on the shelf for at least two more weeks with a broken bone in his right hand...The Magic had dropped five straight in Denver, as they last won there on December 20, 2002.
01/18 02:10:04 ET