Dooling, Magic Outlast Nuggets
Posted Nov 15 2006 11:10PM
Orlando 108, Denver 99
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 15 (AP) -- Keyon Dooling was never much of a 3-point shooter.
The Orlando guard hit 5-of-5 from behind the arc, coming off the bench for a career-high 25 points to lift the Magic over the Denver Nuggets 108-99 on Wednesday night.
"It was a great night. The basket felt really big for me,'' Dooling said.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, his fifth straight game with at least 30. But he committed two costly mistakes in the final 2:15, first traveling, then bobbling a pass that forced a jump ball tipped to Dooling for a lay-up and 104-97 lead with 1:03 left.
The win snapped Denver's three-game winning streak and extended Orlando's to three games.
Hedu Turkoglu had 18 points and six rebounds for the Magic before fouling out, while Hill added 15 points and Arroyo had 14 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Anthony scored 20 points in the first half on 6-of-10 shooting, but missed his first five shots (and two free throws) in the third quarter. His only basket in the period came on a goaltending call against Howard.
Orlando had trouble getting the ball to Howard, racking up several of its 26 turnovers on botched dumps inside. The forward finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
"He's going to face all those double teams in high-low situations,'' Magic coach Brian Hill said. ``We're not doing a good job of feeding him in the ball when people are fronting him in the post.''
Dooling scored 12 points - nine of them on 3-pointers - in a 15-2 run over 4 minutes that gave Orlando a four-point lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter. He added another three that gave the Magic an 11-point edge before Denver rattled off six points to end the period.
Arroyo, who also came off the bench, had five points and two rebounds and took a momentum-shifting charge in a 10-0 run over 3:19 that pulled Orlando back from an 11-point second-quarter deficit.
"The second unit was responsible tonight,'' Hill said.
The Nuggets announced before tipoff forward Kenyon Martin would be out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The procedure on Wednesday revealed more significant damage than a previous MRI. The former All-Star averaged 9.5 points and 10 rebounds in two games this season, and missed a quarter of the season last year after surgery on his other knee.
Notes: Nuggets F Nene, sidelined since Friday with a bruised knee, remained inactive. ... Andre Miller fouled out with 3:09 left in the third quarter. He had 10 points and seven assists. ... Denver led in points in the paint (38-34) and fast-break points (23-13).
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