Orlando (11-5) at Denver (9-7)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Dec 6, 2004
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The Denver Nuggets know that getting Carmelo Anthony the ball and scoring in transition are the keys to their success.

They will try to continue doing both, and defeat a second straight Southeast Division opponent when they host the Orlando Magic.

Anthony scored 28 points as Denver rebounded from a sluggish performance and posted a 104-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 forward connected on 12-of-19 shots from the floor for his highest point total in seven games. Anthony made just 6-of-20 shots in Thursday’s 92-73 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I had some energy and it showed tonight,” said Anthony. “The loss to Cleveland gave us energy and we showed this wasn’t the same team that lost. We were dogging against them, two steps back, two steps slower than Cleveland. This time we were on fire from the beginning and we came out focused from the beginning to the end.”

Earl Boykins added 16 points, six assists and five steals, and Kenyon Martin had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Denver, which scored 28 points off 26 Miami turnovers.

“Our team came out and pushed the ball and consistently ran the ball,” said Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik after his team improved to 7-0 when scoring at least 18 points on the break.

Denver, 8-4 at the Pepsi Center, starts a seven-game road trip Wednesday at Washington.

Orlando, which also boasts a solid transition game, enters with a three-game winning streak.

Grant Hill had 23 points, seven assists and an uncharacteristic technical foul as the Magic came away with an ugly 96-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. The game featured 40 turnovers, but bruising center Kelvin Cato was effective with a career-high 18 rebounds and 13 points as the Magic won for the fifth time in six games.

“He was just tremendous on the boards, defending Pau Gasol down the stretch and just kept us steady on the interior,” Magic coach Johnny Davis said of Cato.

The 6-11, 275-pound Cato has 54 rebounds in his last four games.

The Magic have five wins against Western Conference teams this season after managing just four all of last season.

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