Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 120-Orlando Magic 94

Denver stayed hot and destroyed a decimated Orlando Magic team playing the second game of a back to back 120-94. The game was never all that close as Denver got up double digits in the first quarter and built on that lead as the game went on. Everyone did a bit of everything in a game that included a Timofey Mozgov poster dunk, a Randy Foye transition block, a big Kenneth Faried steal and slam and the Nuggets setting a franchise record by hitting 12 threes for the fourth straight game.


Orlando Magic 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 120 Denver Nuggets
J.J. Hickson, PF 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +16

One of my favorite moments of the game was Hickson coming in to do his patented steal a rebound from a teammate move and Quincy Miller refusing to let him do it. A double double on 50 percent shooting when your team wins by almost 30 is a good night.

Kenneth Faried, PF 29 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +16

Faried did a lot of good things tonight that all of a sudden have started showing up a bit more often in his game. He made a few jumpers and played some really good on ball defense against Tobias Harris. He still made a few mistakes off the ball but the improvement is visible which is important for Denver as they evaluate the Manimal going forward.

Quincy Miller, SF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +10

Miller had a career high 16 points and was the second of two Nuggets with a double-double with his 11 rebounds. The potential is evident when Miller plays well but to fully reach it he needs to be able to consistently hit threes. Tonight he was 0-6 from behind the arc and most misses weren’t that close.

Ty Lawson, PG 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +18

It was a quiet 16 and eight from Lawson but that is more of a product of how good he is than anything else.

Randy Foye, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +22

Foye continues to burst out of his cold streak by lighting the nets on fire from all over the floor. This is the guy the Nuggets wanted when they signed Foye in the offseason.

Darrell Arthur, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +19

Arthur didn’t do much in his 11 minutes besides a nice block. More importantly he left the game with an injured groin, a problem for an already thin Denver big man rotation.

Jordan Hamilton, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

Hamilton did things in 12 minutes of garbage time. There really isn’t much to grade here.

Timofey Mozgov, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +10

Mozgov had a terrific poster dunk tonight where he was probably fouled. He continues to be a constant force in the middle for however long Shaw plays him.

Nate Robinson, PG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10

Because of all the silly shots that Nate can (and does) throw up his passing is typically overlooked. Tonight he had six assists and just five points showing again he is a good passer when he wants to be.

Evan Fournier, SG 22 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +10

Fournier continued his great play since his insertion into the starting lineup with a great shooting night again tonight. He used his usual array of tricky moves to get to the rim and create chances to score for himself and others including a beautiful spin move to get to the rim.

Brian Shaw

Shaw’s team won by 26 without their starting small forward, there really isn’t anything to downgrade him for.

Two Things We Saw

  1. It sounds simple but this team is so much better and more fun when they get out and run and make threes. Tonight Denver scored 18 fast break points and shot 42.9 percent on 28 three point attempts. They are just a different team when they get out into transition.
  2. There isn’t much else to say about a game where Denver was up 35. They were great, the Magic are terrible and the game was never close. Good job by Denver putting away a bad opponent at home.

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  • heykyleinsf

    I think Shaw is definitely figuring a lot of things out that have been elusive.. this is still a team without two starters. Three if you count Chandler. I don’t care who it is… any team is going to struggle with that.. btw.. Damn when are we getting Gallo back?

  • Poz303

    Not sure what to make of this. Are we that good when we run? When the outside shots are falling, the Nuggets are near unstoppable these days (and last year).

    Was at the game, now going to watch a replay. Nice win Nuggets!

  • Pickles1731

    Only saw about a quarter of this game, but the parts I did watch left me very impressed. Our defense has improved drastically lately and I have never been as impressed with Faried on that end as I was tonight. Great rotations, help side defense, and hedging on screens from everyone tonight. Shaw is getting these guys to play hard, smart, and together on that end.

    I am liking what we are getting from Quincy Miller too. If Shaw keeps developing him then I could see him becoming a poor mans Paul George. Long, athletic 3 guard who can guard multiple guys. Similar to a Nic Batum.

    Refreshing to see a game where we blow a team out but still hold them under 100 points. In the old Karl days this game would have been 145-118. Lately we have been scoring AND playing solid defense. Love the improvements. Screw tanking, winning/developing can be done at the same time.

  • Ckwizard

    I am still enjoying Nuggets basketball!!!

  • The Truth

    Hastings mentioned there’s not a lot of end of the shot clock heaves with this team. I agree. When they need to run some shot clock to get a decent shot, they do it well.

    The D is gaining some consistent form to it, saw some solid rotations tonight. Q Miller will need to stay on point if they’re going to win 8 straight, and survive without Will (AR?) and DA. We may even see Q at the four spot.

    Masai’s and GK’s hand prints still loom large and beneficial around here, we still need to work in McGee and Gallo – 15 mins a game may be all they/we could ask for this year. JJ, Nate and Foye aren’t too shabby either.

    Shaw may blend GK and Phil Jackson together to have something special. The team is teaching Shaw how to utilize Karl ball, while he’s refining the D, half court O and running some out of bounds play. Whaaat? I’m digging it.

    • Poz303

      Agree. Nuggets playing fast and furious. I think the player meeting has a lot to do with the change in style (and not so much with A.Miller being off the team). As you said, if Shaw can continue to blend in some of his own playing philosophies with what the players learnt under GK, this could be a very successful year.

  • Aaron

    Everyone except Darrell Arthur got an A or better. AWESOME.

  • steve

    I would hope that we beat up on the Jazz on the road Monday…then Wednesday will be our real test against GSW on the road as well, whom are 9-1 i their last 10 themselves. GO NUGS!!!

  • Richard Pesicka

    I wish this team would update the fans on player injuries. Nice win..

  • adam9119

    Where’s Charliemyboy? Kind of quiet since the winning streak? Where LBJ? same thing. I’ll bet when the Nuggets lose a game, these two will be on this site bitching about everything

    • Ckwizard

      If the evidence doesn’t support the “these new things suck” or “The old regime is the best we can be” then it isn’t real or didn’t happen. So this isn’t happening

    • heykyleinsf

      It does seem strangely.. that some people.. supposed “fans”.. seem to enjoy the bad times and disappear for the good times. Not sure if that includes Charlie and LBJ.. but would like to see them prove you wrong now that you mentioned it. We’ll see.

    • LBJ

      Didn’t bother watching. Tuned into to football instead, as apparently did a lot of others with only 16 comments.

      Furthermore, I have commented during the win streak. I guess drilling the worst team in the NBA at home when they are on a back to back doesn’t get me too excited.

  • Poz303

    Has Mozgov finally figured out he is 7’1″? Cause I have never seen so many dunks from him. I’m liking it!

  • Mens Sana

    without Karl , Brewer and AndreMiller .. this is a real team

    • heykyleinsf

      IDK why you’re picking on Brewer.

  • slugdugg

    When is JaVale going to be back? Just read a thing that the average games missed for a leg stress fracture is 22 games, and JaVale is already at 30.

  • Trevor

    I love that Fournier is getting consistent minutes now. He has a lot of potential. Size, can create his own shot, and can create shots for others. His game is crafty and when he refines his jumper could be a borderline all-star.

    Quincy Miller I really didn’t expect to do anything this year and figured he’d be gone next year. He has stepped up and needs to get more PT.

    Loving the player development and the fact the Knicks are tanking for us.

    • LBJ

      The Knicks are closer to the playoffs than the Nuggets (1/2 game out). As much as they suck, I predict they will be in the playoffs.

  • Trevor

    “One of my favorite moments of the game was Hickson coming in to do his patented steal a rebound from a teammate move and Quincy Miller refusing to let him do it.”

    I enjoyed this too. I remember reading a Blazer fans forum post ranting about Hickson doing this all the time. He was so concerned with stats in a contract year that he would try to steal boards from Aldridge and doing so he was putting teammates in positions where they could be injured. Many Blazer fans were happy to see him go because of this and his terrible defense.