NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Denver
(Wednesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Denver 115, Orlando 97
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony poured in 27 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and dished out five assists, as the Denver Nuggets used a big second half to handle the Orlando Magic, 115-97, at the Pepsi Center.
Chauncey Billups added 24 points and five assists for the Nuggets, who improved to 17-3 at home this season. J.R. Smith donated 17 points while Nene chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds for Denver, which has won two in a row and four of five overall.
Matt Barnes ended with 28 points and nine boards for the Magic, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped and have lost five of seven overall. J.J. Redick finished with 13 points while Mickael Pietrus tallied 12 for Orlando, which was without veteran guard Vince Carter (left shoulder) for a third straight game.
Denver started the third stanza on an 18-3 run to take the lead. The Nuggets made a trio of three-pointers during the burst, which Billups ended with a free throw for a 68-56 margin with 7 1/2 minutes left. The score was 85-72 heading to the fourth.
The Nuggets opened the fourth on a 19-4 spurt to turn the contest into a rout. Anthony and Smith tallied eight and seven points, respectively, during the run that Anthony capped off with a three-pointer for a 104-76 margin with less than 7 1/2 minutes to go. Denver cruised to victory from there.
The Magic led for a majority of the first quarter, but Denver got a three- pointer from Smith at the end of the period to deadlock things at 25.
The Nuggets also trailed for most of the second but were only down 53-50 at the half.
"Well our turnovers were awful and we couldn't play their post-ups, and that I'll take the blame for. Double teams they scored every time, when we didn't double they scored every time and we just turned the ball over, we couldn't find any offense to run that was any good," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said.
The Nuggets outscored the Magic, 65-44, in the second half...Denver shot 55.8 percent from the field...Orlando owns an 18-7 mark in the previous 25 matchups between the teams, but has lost six of seven as the visitor in this series...The Nuggets were without guard Ty Lawson (ankle) for a fourth consecutive game.
01/14 01:22:05 ET