After trailing for a majority of the game, the Nuggets squeaked out a victory against the Orlando Magic, winning 108-105.
Corey Brewer kept the Nuggets in the game early on, putting up 12 quick points off the bench. Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson paced the team down the home stretch. Faried finished with 19 points and 19 rebounds, posting his 16th double-double of the season. Lawson finished with 19 points and 8 assists. Point guard Andre Miller added 18 points, shooting 8 of 12 from the field.
The two teams were almost identical statistically speaking. Only one stat really stuck out: fouls. The Orlando Magic committed 27 fouls, resulting in Denver shooting 36 times from the charity stripe, making 22 of them. Early on, Denver wasn’t really agressive or attacking the basket too much. Assistant Coach Chad Iske told the team to “Keep attacking,” according to the Nuggets twitter feed (@denvernuggets). They apparently listened, as foul shots got them back in the game late.
The Magic were led by Jameer Nelson with 20 points and 8 assists, almost identical to Lawson. J.J. Redick added 17 points off the bench. Former Nugget Arron Afflalo put up 12 points in his return to Denver. He was greeted with cheers from the Denver fans during player introductions.
Denver had 6 players in double figures once again.
The Nuggets will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at the Pepsi Center at 7:00 p.m. MST (9:00 p.m. ET).