The Orlando Magic have now lost 10 games in a row after Wednesday night's 108-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center, dropping their record to 12-23. As a result, I have decided to mix things up. That's why from now until whenever the team ends its losing streak, I will refrain from mentioning any Magic statistics or quotes in my game recaps. I will give the opposing team's stats and provide quotes from their coaches and/or players, but will superstitiously give Orlando the cold shoulder. My hopes are that the Magic will end their streak of bad luck and remind us that they are capable of winning, thus helping me return to the normal way of doing things. However, until they do so, I won't be holding up my end of the bargain.
Denver (21-16) upped its home record to 12-2 behind 19 points and 19 rebounds from Kenneth Faried, 19 points and eight assists from Ty Lawson, 18 points from Andre Miller, 16 points from Corey Brewer, 15 points and eight rebounds from Danilo Gallinari, and 11 points from Andre Iguodala.
The Nuggets were 41 of 94 (43.6%) from the field and 4 of 12 (33.3%) from 3-point range. They pulled down 48 rebounds, dished out 24 assists, and registered 68 points in the paint.
After tallying 22 points in the first quarter, Denver recorded 31 in the second period, 17 in the third quarter, and 38 in the fourth.
"They're not as bad as their record," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "They've had a lot of games similar to tonight, where in the fourth quarter they were close to winning the game and the momentum somehow slapped them and they lost the game."
Orlando is at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 pm on FS Florida.
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