Jamal Murray totaled 31 points and eight assists, and the visiting Denver Nuggets needed overtime to extend their winning streak to seven games with a hard-fought, 124-118 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Evan Fournier had 26 points for Orlando but fouled out with two minutes left in overtime. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Gordon scored 19, and Terrence Ross finished with 17 as the Magic lost for the third time in five games.
The Magic trailed by three points with just nine seconds remaining in regulation when they inbounded the ball to Ross, who was left wide open at the 3-point arc. Ross drilled the 3-pointer from the wing to send the game into overtime.
Denver came into the game with the NBA's No. 1 defense against the 3-point shot, but the Magic were hot from deep. Orlando made 20 of 49 3-point attempts, but the Nuggets held a 23-8 advantage on made free throws.
The Magic didn't attempt a free throw until there was 9:13 left in the fourth quarter and attempted only eight in the game.
Denver jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the first quarter, but Gordon scored 13 straight points to bring the Magic back. The Nuggets went into halftime with a 56-54 lead behind Murray's 15 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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