NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, March 12th
(All times Eastern)
Denver Nuggets (27-36) at Orlando Magic (19-46), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets are winless on their current road
trip, but will try to rectify that, starting Wednesday night against the
After a two-game winning streak, which came on the heels of a six-game slide,
the Nuggets dropped the first two of this five-game sojourn through the
southern part of the U.S.
Denver fell Sunday in New Orleans, losing in overtime by a 111-107 tally. One
night later, the Charlotte Bobcats prevailed, 105-98, to give the Nuggets a
3-13 record in their last 16.
Ty Lawson poured in 24 points and dished out six assists and Aaron Brooks
finished with 16 points off the bench for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried (15) and
J.J. Hickson (11) also finished with double-figure point totals.
"We didn't seem to get engaged in the game until the end when we were trying
to scramble and come back. The game was in the balance all night long and we
couldn't seem to get over the hump. They made the plays that they need to make
down the stretch and we didn't," said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw.
The Nuggets will visit the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Friday,
then close the trip Saturday night in Atlanta.
The Magic have lost three straight, although the last two came outside the
comfy confines of Disney World.
After a home loss to the Houston Rockets, Orlando fell by nine in San Antonio
on Saturday, then by seven in Milwaukee on Monday night.
Maurice Harkless led seven Orlando scorers in double figures with 14 points
and Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Jameer Nelson chipped in 13 points and seven assists and Arron Afflalo and
Victor Oladipo finished with 12 points apiece for the Magic. Tobias Harris
added 11 and Kyle O'Quinn rounded out of the double-digit scorers with 10
"(It) was a similar formula from the last time we were here," said Orlando
coach Jacque Vaughn of Milwaukee's gameplan for them. "Really they were just
getting to the paint and making us react to their penetration."
The Magic will host the Washington Wizards on Friday night, then hit the road
to visit Golden State, Phoenix, Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nuggets have won two straight and four of five against the Magic. Orlando
is 3-1 in its last four as the host against the visitors from the Rocky
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