A poor first half doomed the Denver Nuggets as they fell, 102-89, to the Orlando Magic. Denver fell behind by 21 points at the half and could not recover from that deficit. The Nuggets offense was just not in sync this evening as they shot only 38 percent from the field and 7 of 26 from three-point range.
Their defense was not much better, allowing Orlando to shoot 48 percent from the field. Three Magic teammates scored in double digits: Glen Davis who scored a game-high 29 points, J.J. Redick, who came off the bench to play 35 minutes and score 21 of his own, and E'Twaun Moore, who chipped in 13.
The one bright spot for the Nuggets was small forward Danilo Gallinari, who put up 23 points, but 11 of those came from the free throw line.
Overall, the first half struggles are what ultimately doomed the Nuggets Friday night.