Peeved Nuggets smack around Magic

The Denver Nuggets weren’t happy with the Orlando Magic, so they delivered a message on Wednesday night. The Nuggets – who were upset because the Magic played their starters until the final buzzer in a blowout win last month – won 82-73, their first victory in Orlando since 1992. “The fact that they had their starters in when all our starters were out and they were up by a significant margin, I think we kind of took it personal,” Kenyon Martin said after the game. Moral of the story – don’t make Kenyon Martin mad. Of course, plenty of Denver residents could’ve told you that. The Magic had their worst offensive output of the season, including a season-high 24 turnovers and a season-low 30.4 shooting percentage. The Nuggets were pestering the ball all night, and the Magic’s lack of a point guard showed big-time. Optimist: The Magic played solid defense and were able to stay in the game despite 24 turnovers and 22 missed 3-pointers. Pessimist: All nine Nuggets had at least one steal, while Orlando’s big three combined for 16 turnovers. A late surge kept this game from being embarassing. Realist: Without Jameer Nelson, the Magic can’t hang with the league’s elite unless they shoot the lights out.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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