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Jan 12

Grades: Denver Nuggets 120, Orlando Magic 94

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Denver Nuggets 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Tobias Harris
8-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -11

Harris has had his struggles since returning from his ankle injury, but he was the brightest spot in a darkest night for the Magic. He played 41 minutes due to Orlando’s limited player availability, doing his damnedest to battle down low for both boards and points. He was the only Magic player with more than six rebounds, and he led all Orlando scorers with 22 points.

Glen Davis
8-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 BLK | 6 REB | 20 PTS | -21

In a game that got out of hand really, really quickly, Davis was one of the few players who kept the Magic within shouting distance. Big Baby tried to keep Denver’s aggressive, energetic bigs off the glass, but between rebounding and defensive woes, Orlando was essentially using papier-mâché in an effort to hold back the inevitable flood of Nuggets points.

Victor Oladipo
6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | -18

Oladipo had a solid statistical night — from everywhere but beyond the arc, that is — providing 15 points when scoring was in short supply. A couple of his turnovers seemed avoidable, but he wasn’t extraordinarily sloppy with the ball. For the most part, though, Oladipo had a quiet night. Other than his involvement in Orlando’s defensive breakdowns, it seemed like the rookie was barely mentioned at all.

E’Twaun Moore
5-10 FG | 0-1 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -15

Sure, it’s only fair to point out that without Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic, the Magic bench was going to be pressed into action for which they might not have been entirely prepared. But with that caveat noted, Moore and the rest of the Orlando reserves were absolutely atrocious. Moore had 10 points on the night, but eight came in the fourth quarter with the game well out of hand.

Denver Nuggets

You don’t get an A+ for beating up on a team like the Magic, weakened by injuries and without two of its best players. But the Nuggets did what they were supposed to do at home, soundly defeating Orlando in a game that, outside of a brief 7-2 Magic run in the middle of the first, was completely in Denver’s control from start to finish.