Tuesday , Dec , 07 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando Magic Team Report – December 7

=== Orlando Magic Team Report – December 7 ===

(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic suffered a 115-102 loss at the hands of
the Denver Nuggets on Monday at the Pepsi Center.

First overall pick Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic,
who had a three-game win streak halted. Steve Francis also had 23 points and
dished out eight assists as Orlando lost for just the third time in 10 games.

The Nuggets took control in the first half, bridging the first and second
quarters with an 11-2 run to take a 37-23 lead. Nene completed a three-point
play and Earl Boykins drained a technical free throw 58 seconds into the
second to cap the run.

Later in the stanza, Denver went on a 13-3 run to extend the lead to 59-37.
Andre Miller’s basket with 2:12 left in the half ended the burst and the
Nuggets would cruise into the break with a 68-46 cushion.

Orlando would have trouble getting the deficit down to single figures the rest
of the way. Denver held an 88-74 lead after three quarters and the Magic would
get only as close as 11 a number of times in the fourth.

The Magic had 20 turnovers in the loss.

Grant Hill had 20 points and Cuttino Mobley registered 17 for the Magic, who
lost for just the second time in seven contests against a Western Conference
opponent.

Orlando returns to action on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz.

ORL