Notebook: Magic 102, Nuggets 89



Posted Nov 2, 2012 11:27 PM

Dick Scanlon, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Glen Davis had 29 points and 10 rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 15 points in the first half to help the Orlando Magic open their post-Dwight Howard era with a 102-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Redick, who finished with 21 points, sparked a 12-0 run in the first quarter that put the Magic ahead to stay. They led by as many as 23 points early in the second half.

Magic players awarded Jacque Vaughn the game ball after his first game as an NBA head coach.

Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 23 points, but the Nuggets shot 38 percent, as they had in a season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

QUOTABLE: "There's been a lot of change around here, and the expectations haven't been too high for us to get off to this type of start."
-- Magic guard Arron Afflalo.

THE STAT: The Magic had a 60-36 edge in points in the paint.

TURNING POINT: The Magic's one-time 23-point lead was down to 10 at the start of the fourth quarter when E'Twaun Moore came up with a backcourt steal and drove for a layup, opening an 8-2 run that put Orlando back in command.

HOT: Davis made 13-of-25 shots, many of them killing Denver rallies.

QUOTABLE II: "It's one game, but it's a game to let everybody know that I'm here to seize the moment. I'm here to step in the gap."

-- Magic forward Glen Davis.

NOT: Orlando's starting backcourt of Afflalo and Jameer Nelson shot a combined 5-for-22.

GOOD MOVE: Redick replaced Hedo Turkoglu just 4:02 into the game and scored 10 points in the quarter. Vaughn explained that he made the move to keep Turkoglu available for late in the game, but Turkoglu left in the third quarter with a broken left hand.

BAD MOVE: At a time when the Nuggets were trying to claw back into the game late in the third quarter, Gallinari stepped into the lane too early, giving Josh McRoberts an extra free throw, which he made.

IN THE ARENA: University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams showed up to watch the head-coaching debut of Vaughn, who played for Williams at Kansas from 1993-97. "He'll forever be my coach," said a grateful Vaughn. "I'll call him coach until the end of time."

QUOTABLE III: "Expectations are high; we are not there yet, but we can get there. We just need to stay confident because you can lose your confidence if you start off real bad."
-- Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala.

ROOKIE WATCH: Andrew Nicholson, Orlando's first-round draft choice, scored his first NBA basket on a fourth-quarter put-back.

NOTABLE: Turkoglu's broken left hand could move Afflalo up to small forward and Redick into the starting lineup. It could also mean more minutes for rookies Maurice Harkness and DeQuan Jones, neither of whom played in the opener because of injuries . . . Denver coach George Karl replaced Kenneth Faried with Wilson Chandler at the start of the second half in an attempt to get the Nuggets running. The move had limited success.

UP NEXT: For the Nuggets: Saturday @ Miami; Tuesday vs. Detroit; Wednesday @ Houston. For the Magic: Sunday vs. Phoenix; Tuesday @ Chicago; Wednesday @ Minnesota.