The blue blur that streaked past midcourt at the Amway Center on Wednesday night was Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony. Anthony had laid himself out to corral a loose ball in the second half against the Denver Nuggets. It was a typical hustle play and one that everyone has become accustomed to seeing. It’s something that’s been missing from the Magic (5-18) when Anthony was out of the lineup ...
Orlando Magic (5-18, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (5-16, 15th in the Western Conference) Houston; Friday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Houston comes into a matchup with Orlando as winners of four consecutive games. The Rockets are 4-5 in home games.
The Magic defeated the Nuggets, 108-103. Cole Anthony led all scorers with 24 points, 8 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic, while Franz Wagner added 15 points and five assists in the victory, including the go-ahead basket with 1:45 remaining in regulation to give Orlando their first lead of the game. Nikola Jokic tallied 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for the Nuggets in the losing effort. The Magic improve to 5-18 on the season, while the Nuggets fall to 10-11.