Magic continue road trip in Denver
(Sports Network) – The struggling Orlando Magic play the fourth of a five-game
road trip when they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Pepsi Center.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On
December 10th, Dwight Howard finished with 17 points and 14 boards to lead the
Magic to a 94-83 win over the Nuggets at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Orlando has won two in a row and three of the last four contests in this
series. The Magic have lost two straight after winning their last six at
The Magic have lost four in a row and are 0-3 on the current swing. On Friday,
Shawn Marion scored 24 points, including a pair of alley-oop dunks in the
final minute, as the Phoenix Suns rallied from a five-point deficit with under
four minutes remaining to beat Orlando, 123-118, at US Airways Center.
Jameer Nelson, who hadn’t played since January 20th after suffering a sprained
right foot, scored 24 points in the loss to the Suns for Orlando, which has
lost 12 of its last 13 games overall.
Carlos Arroyo ended with a season-high 21 points, while Hedo Turkoglu netted
20 in defeat. Dwight Howard contributed 15 points, and Keyon Dooling scored
Orlando is scheduled to visit the Utah Jazz on Monday in the finale of road
trip. The Magic are 6-24 as the visitor this season.
The Nuggets try to get back on the winning track as they play the opener of a
brief two-game homestand. On Friday, Tracy McGrady had 23 points, 11 rebounds
and four blocks to lead the Houston Rockets to an 89-78 victory over Denver at
the Toyota Center.
Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 34 points and Marcus Camby contributed
10 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Nuggets, who have lost
two of their last three games.
Denver, which is scheduled to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, is a solid
19-12 at the Pepsi Center this season. The Nuggets have won two of their last
three at home.
The Nuggets are in first place in the Northwest Division. They own a 2 1/2
game lead over the second place Utah Jazz.