Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 regular season match between the Orlando Magic (ORL) and the Denver Nuggets (DEN) on April 5, 2021 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Ball Arena.
Aaron Gordon had an excellent game against his former team. The former Magic almost finished the game with a double-double performance, scoring 24 big points, grabbing 7 rebounds while shooting efficiently as he was able to drop 10 of his 13 attempts within the floor. Despite dominating his former teammates, he kept things professional.
“Those are my brothers, man,” Gordon shared, “but business is business,” Gordon added.
With the Orlando Magic having a big lead at the end of the second half, the Nuggets still manage to cut down the deficit and take the lead. Gordon mentioned that he was proud of the team’s resilience.
“A lot of teams that get down by 18 in the first half, they would just let go of the rope, they would just give up,” Gordon said.
The head coach of the Denver Nuggets also shared a few thoughts after the first half came to a close, saying that it was their worst half of the season.
“Poor offense, poor defense, poor effort,” Michael Malone said of his team’s terrible first half, which he called “our worst half of the season.”
Jamal Murray added 22 points for the Nuggets while Porter Jr. ended the game with a double-double as he scored 20 points while having 12 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic was a facilitator in this game. He could have also finished the game with another triple-double. He tallied 17 big points, dimed 16 assists, and grabbed 9 rebounds while playing for 38 minutes.
The starters of the Orlando Magic along with Terrence Ross who is coming off from the bench had wonderful stat lines. All of them scored mostly 20 points. Okeke and Ross both scored 19 points while Carter Jr. and Hampton both tallied 16 markers. Ennis III scored 17 points. It was a team effort brought by the Magic squad but it was not enough to bring down the 4th seed of the western conference.
Magic vs Nuggets
Quarters: 29-23; 36-24; 21-38; 23-34
Nuggets (119) – Gordon 24, Murray 22, Porter Jr. 20, Jokic 17, Barton 15
Magic (109) – Okeke 19, Ross 19, Ennis III 17, Carter Jr. 16, Hampton 16