Dooling erupts to guide Magic past Nuggets
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Keyon Dooling scored a career-high 25 points to
lead the Orlando Magic past the Denver Nuggets, 108-99.
Dooling came off the bench and hit 8-of-14 from the floor, including 5-of-5
from beyond the arc. Hidayet Turkoglu added 18 points and six boards as the
Magic bested the Nuggets for the 14th straight game in Orlando.
Grant Hill added 15 points in the win while Carlos Arroyo chipped in with 14
as Orlando’s bench outscored its starters, 57-51.
Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 34 points and Earl Smith added 17 points for
the Nuggets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Marcus Camby added
13 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Denver’s day got off to a bad start as the club learned it will be without
Kenyon Martin for the rest of the season. Martin had surgery on his right knee
that revealed more damage than what was originally shown on an MRI, shelving
the forward for the year.
It was Dooling who provided a spark for the Magic, who won their third
The Nuggets opened up the third with a 9-0 run to grab a 10-point edge. Smith
started the burst with a four-point play followed by another pair of free
throws from the line. Eduardo Najera then hit a jumper and a free throw to
make it 60-50 less than two minutes into the frame.
Dooling then caught fire to put the Magic in front. After a technical free
throw and a jumper by the guard pulled Orlando to within 64-62, he knocked
down back-to-back three-pointers to put the Magic ahead 68-64 with 3:38 to go
in the third.
A Dooling jumper with 1:10 remaining put the Magic up 79-68, but Denver closed
the frame on a 6-0 run to make it 79-74.
The Nuggets pulled within two early in the fourth, but a jumper by Keith
Bogans later put Orlando ahead 88-79 with 9:34 to go. The Magic kept the
Nuggets at bay from that point on as Jameer Nelson netted four straight for a
96-86 edge with 5:35 left.
Denver, though, made a move before the end of the frame as a jumper by Anthony
cut the deficit to four at 97-93, and after a Hill free throw, Smith made it a
two-point game after a triple with 2:54 left.
Orlando responded in the form of a three-point play by Trevor Ariza for a
101-96 lead with 2:24 to play.
Anthony then hit only 1-of-2 from the line to cut it to four, and Nelson
missed a jumper at the other end. Dwight Howard, though, grabbed the offensive
board, allowing Orlando to run off more time before a Denver steal.
The Nuggets failed to convert on the other end and Smith picked up a technical
foul with 1:07 to go. Hill hit the free shot for a 102-97 edge and Dooling
followed with a layup for a seven-point advantage with just over one minute to
Camby then missed a jumper 49 ticks on the clock and the Nuggets were forced
to foul Nelson, who hit on 1-of-2 free throws to put Orlando comfortable
Denver led by as many as nine points in the first half, but carried just a
51-50 lead into the break.
The two teams split two games last season…Denver’s last win in Orlando was
on March 10, 1992…Camby’s two blocks tied him with Bobby Jones (625) for
third on the team’s all-time list…Earl Boykins had 11 points off the bench,
while Reggie Evans had seven points and eight rebounds in the loss…Howard
ended with nine points and eight rebounds.