ORLANDO, Fla. Dec. 18 (Ticker) --
After flying 5,543 miles and
playing their seventh game in 11 days, the road-weary Denver
Nuggets had no answer for the Orlando Magic's up-tempo offense.
scored 19 points and the Magic scored a
season-high 33 fast-break points en route a 117-95 blowout of
the shorthanded Nuggets.
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It was the 12th straight loss in DisneyWorld for Denver, which
was without Carmelo Anthony
due to a sprained left ankle. The
Nuggets lost four of the final five games on their seven-game
road trip after starting with back-to-back victories.
"We were simply manhandled tonight in every phase of the game
from the opening tip," Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We were
not just one step behind them. We were two or three steps behind
the whole night, plain and simple. Whether Carmelo was here or
not, to get beat in transition like we were, to not defend the
basket had nothing to do with his absence."
scored 14 of his 16 points and Orlando shot
season-high 68 percent (26-of-38) in the first half en route to
a 64-50 lead.
Orlando hit 16 of its first 20 shots in the game, turning a
26-21 first-period lead into a 41-26 cushion just under two
minutes into the second quarter. Six players scored in the 15-5
run, which was capped with a basket by Hedo Turkoglu
"We just came out and tried to be aggressive," Hill said. "They
had played last night, and we wanted to come out the gate and
get a good start. It's always dangerous when their best
player's not in there, because there's a tendency to get
complacent. We wanted to come out and take care of business
after losing three straight."
Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, which
limited Denver to 12 points on the fast break.
"I think it's great for us that we were able to get up and down
the court the whole game," Magic guard Steve Francis
hard when you're playing the last game in a road trip. We were
just in that same situation. I'm just out there trying to get
guys off. Once guys are scoring, they feel better and start
playing hard defensively."
Orlando held a 72-59 lead midway through the third quarter
before Mobley scored nine points in a 25-7 run that closed the
period and opened 97-66 bulge. The quicksilver guard had two
3-pointers and a three-point play.
"Some teams start the third quarter kind of flat," Mobley said.
"We wanted to come out hard because we knew we had a tough game
in Miami (Sunday) and fighting and wrestling with Denver was not
a smart move."
Rookie Dwight Howard
had 17 points and nine rebounds, Turkoglu
scored 14 points and Francis added 12 and 11 assists for
Orlando, which outscored Denver, 68-46, in the paint.
Rookie Jameer Nelson
added 10 points for the Magic, including a
basket early in the fourth quarter that gave Orlando its largest
had season highs of 18 points and eight rebounds
for the Nuggets.
scored 16 points and Andre Miller
, Earl Boykins
and Rodney White
each added 13 for Denver, which did not lead
after the 9:36 mark of the opening quarter.