It’s not pretty to say the least, but the Denver Nuggets found a way to do it at Ball Arena on Sunday night, as they used their second-half comeback to ensure a 119-109 victory over the Orlando Magic.
The Nuggets have now won five consecutive games and have a perfect 4-0 record with Aaron Gordon in the lineup. Denver’s record this season has improved to 31 wins and 18 losses, ranking fourth in the Western Conference.
For the Nuggets, this was not the strongest performance in the first quarter, because after 12 minutes of the game, they gave Orlando a 29-23 lead. A positive aspect from the first quarter is Gordon̵
The performance in the second quarter was more the same as Orlando’s 36-24 lead over Denver in the same period, leading 65-47 at halftime. Denver made only 18 of 46 goals in the first half and 4 of 15 goals from beyond the three-point line. On the other hand, the Magic shot 26 of 47 and 9 of 18 three-pointers to lead the Nuggets.
When the third quarter was approaching, the Nuggets were about to come or damn it, because they had to spend 12 minutes before they had any chance to shoot. Denver did this because they beat the Magic 38-21 in the third quarter and trailed by only 1 point in the fourth quarter.
Nikola Jokic was a star in the third game and he recorded eight assists during this period to help the Nuggets get back into the game. Gordon and Jamal Murray also played an important role in Denver’s success in the third quarter because they are definitely more energetic than the half-time locker room, not the way to start the game.
In the fourth quarter, the Nuggets completed what they needed to do. They performed well when needed and found a way to beat the Magic, which gave them all possible processing power.
Gordon can be said to be his best game in Denver, leading the Nuggets offense. Gordon not only scored 24 points, but he also scored 13 goals and 10 hits in field goal percentage, and had 7 rebounds and 2 assists.
Jokic also completed 17 points, 16 assists (two career highs) and 9 rebounds (5 of 11 shots) with quite good statistics. The Nuggets’ double-digit scores are also considerable, Murray scored 22 points, while Michael Porter Jr. (20), Will Button (15) and Monte Morris (10) also improved their scores.
When they welcome the Detroit Pistons into town, Denver will resume operations on Tuesday night. Since signing with Detroit last offseason, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee will play their first game in Denver, which will be another reunion game. The supply price for this game is 7 pm MST.
At the same time, yelled to RJ Hampton, who gave him everything and played great for Orlando. Hampton scored 7 of 13 goals on the spot, creating a career-high 16 points, scoring 2 of 5 other than three-pointers. There is no doubt that Hampton will become a player in the league. Unfortunately, there will be no such regrets in Denver, but we wish him all the best!