Quincy Miller earned his first double-double this season, scoring 16 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Denver Nuggets easily get past the Orlando Magic, 120-94. The Nuggets put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 10 possessions while totaling 30 assists. Denver (19-17) is now on a five-game winning streak.
Miller finished 5-13 and converted 6-6 from the free throw line. Other key players for Denver included Evan Fournier with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Kenneth Faried with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Ty Lawson with 16 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Tobias Harris scored 22 points for Orlando on 8-17 shooting from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line. He also recorded 9 rebounds. Glen Davis added 20 points and 6 rebounds and Jameer Nelson finished with 10 points and 7 assists.
As expected, the Magic offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the elite Nuggets defense that ranks fifth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 111.7. They registered just .963 points per possession in this game, and rank 27th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 97.7 on the season. Along with their eFG% of 57.5%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 42.9% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (7-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Magic are winless (0-6) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Orlando (10-27) has now lost seven straight.
Coming up, the Nuggets square off against the Utah Jazz, who are 12-26 on the season. The Magic match up against the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 22-16 this year. The Nuggets are 1-1 versus Utah this season. The Magic have a 0-1 record against Dallas this season.