Nuggets beat Magic in overtime for 7th straight win
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 06, 2018 11:00 AM
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) goes up for a shot in front of Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 31 points and the Denver Nuggets shut down the Orlando Magic in overtime for their seventh straight victory, 124-118 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
After Terence Ross tied it for Orlando with a three-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Magic 9-2 until Nikola Vucevic dunked for the Magic's first field goal of the overtime session with just 1:04 left.
Paul Millsap added 18 points for Denver, and center Nikola Jokic had 12 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists.
Evan Fournier led Orlando with 26 points before fouling out in overtime. Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 15 rebounds.Orlando made 20-of-43 three-pointers during regulation against the NBA's best three-point defense, but the Magic made only 1-of-9 shots in overtime and missed all six of their three-pointers.
The Nuggets made nine of their first 12 shots and broke out to a 22-10 lead, but Aaron Gordon scored 13 straight Magic points, including three three-pointers, to get Orlando back in it.
Mo Bamba's three-pointer put the Magic ahead 41-39 midway through the second quarter, and Evan Fournier made four of Orlando's eight three's in the third quarter to help the Magic push the lead to as many as six points.
But Trey Lyles and Malik Beasley combined for three three-pointers to quickly erase that lead.
Denver took a five-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Ross tied it 112-112 with a three-pointer. Murray missed a short jumper just before the buzzer, taking the game into overtime.
Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed the entire game after injuring his right hip in the first quarter Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at Toronto. The Nuggets have not ruled him out for Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game at Charlotte. ... The Nuggets missed 14 free throws, six more than the Magic attempted.
Magic: A day after holding the Heat to just five free throws in a game at Miami, the Magic shot no free throws until Jonathan Isaac made two at 9:13 of the fourth quarter. ... Ross had 17 points, his average over the last seven games.
Nuggets: At Charlotte on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Magic: Host Indiana on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).