NBA Game Summary - Denver at Orlando
(Saturday, December 18th)
Final Score: Orlando 117, Denver 95
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Cuttino Mobley scored 19 points and Dwight Howard added 17 with nine rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 117-95 victory over Denver at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Steve Francis contributed 12 points and 11 assists for the Magic, who snapped a season-high three-game losing streak. Grant Hill (16), Hedo Turkoglu (14) and Jameer Nelson (10) also reached double figures in the victory.
The Magic shot a season-high 58 percent from the field and beat Denver at home for the 12th consecutive time.
DerMarr Johnson scored 18 points for Denver, which concluded a season-high seven game road trip with a 3-4 mark. Kenyon Martin had 16 points in the loss.
"We were manhandled in every phase of the game from the opening tip," said Denver head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "We weren't one step behind them, we were two or three steps behind."
Orlando led by 14 at halftime and then outscored the Nuggets 33-16 in the third quarter to take a comfortable 97-66 lead into the final stanza. The Magic cruised to the easy victory despite being outscored by nine points in the fourth quarter.
Mobley hit a pair of three-pointers and scored 10 first-quarter points as the Magic raced out to the lead early. Orlando shot 75 percent from the field in the opening frame and led by 10, 33-23, after 12 minutes.
Orlando connected on 16 of its first 20 shots to go ahead 41-26 midway through the second quarter.
The Magic continued to maintain control of the contest throughout the second quarter and stretched their lead to 14, 64-50, by halftime.
The Nuggets have not won in Orlando since March 10, 1992...Orlando's Mario Kasun had a game-high 10 boards...The Nuggets beat Orlando in Denver, 115-102, earlier this season...Orlando has won four of its last five home games...Denver is now 9-5 against teams from the Eastern Conference, while Orlando improved to 8-5 against the West.
12/18 23:18:40 ET