Jamal Murray totaled 31 points and eight assists, and Nikola Jokic added 12 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the visiting Denver Nuggets outscored the Orlando Magic 12-6 in overtime to earn a hard-fought 124-118 victory on Wednesday night.
There were 21 lead changes in the game that was tightly contested throughout, and neither team led by more than six points in the third and fourth quarters.
The Magic trailed by three points with just nine seconds remaining in regulation when they inbounded the ball to Terrence Ross, who was left wide open at the 3-point line. Ross drilled the 3-pointer from the wing to send the game into overtime.
Denver came into the game as the No. 1 defense against the 3-point shot, but the Magic were red hot from deep. Orlando made 20 3-pointers, but the Nuggets held a 23-8 advantage on made free throws.
The Magic didn't attempt a free throw until 9:13 left in the fourth quarter and only attempted eight in the game.
Denver jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the first quarter, but Aaron Gordon scored 13 straight points to bring the Magic back. The Nuggets went into halftime with a 56-54 lead behind Murray's 15 first-half points.
Denver played without starting shooting guard Gary Harris, who sustained a hip injury in the Nuggets' win against Toronto on Monday night. Harris, who is averaging 16.6 points per game, is listed as day-to-day and is not expected to miss a substantial amount of time.
--Field Level Media
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