The Denver Nuggets followed up their prime time win against the Thunder with an impressive beat down of the Orlando Magic.
The Nuggets showed tremendous growth Thursday night after they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in a prime time game (TNT). However following the game the mindset wasn’t on relishing in a marquee win. During an interview with BSN’s Harrison Wind, Nugget’s forward Paul Millsap was firmly focused on the Magic. “We want to change our mindset and this is a game that we feel like we have to get even though we’ve been on a nice win streak. This is a game that solidifies what we’ve been preaching all year, changing this program around. This is a game we’ve got to get”.
The Magic came into the game on the second night of a back to back, with only one active point guard, Shelvin Mack. With young point guard Jamal Murray struggling, the depleted Magic was just what the blue arrow needed. Murray paced the Nuggets to a 39-23 lead with 16 points.
Jamal Murray is burning down the Pepsi Center in the first half:
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) November 12, 2017
The Nuggets took advantage of the tired Magic in the second quarter. Taking a 70-47 lead into halftime. Halfway through the second quarter, Nikola Jokic retaliated on a no call, with an intentional hack on Bismack Biyombo. After an exchange of passive aggressive slaps with one another, both received technical fouls.
A technical foul only fires Jokic up, as he immediately tosses one of the longest alley-oops I've seen this year to Faried. Jokic was just inside half court it seemed. #ORLvsDEN 🔮⚒🏀
— Kyle Berry 🏀 (@kberryourhead) November 12, 2017
After allowing 47 at halftime the Nuggets defense lapses in the third quarter by giving up 30 points. The Magic cut the Nuggets lead to 14 but could never pull closer as the Nuggets closed out the game going away.
Player of the game: Jamal Murray
The Blue Arrow played his best game of the season in what continues to be a great show of play for the Nuggets young point guards. Murray finished with a career high 32 points on 12-21 shooting.
Highlight of the night: Jokic to faried
Midway through the second quarter Jokic fed Faried with the lob pass. Faried climbed the ladder in what seemed to be an unreachable pass.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 12, 2017
What’s next: The Nuggets travel to Portland to face the Trailblazers Monday night.