It has often been said that the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado is one of the most difficult NBA arenas to play in for opposing teams, and that theory was on full display on Saturday night. The Denver Nuggets scored a staggering 69 first half points and used that output to cruise to a 120-94 drubbing of the visiting Orlando Magic.
The offensive numbers for the Nuggets were outstanding across the board, as Denver shot over 50% from the field, 40% from beyond the 3-point arc, and committed only 10 turnovers while assisting on 30 of their 44 field goals. In short, it was a balanced effort from the starters to the bench, and the fact that Denver placed 7 scorers in double-figures was perfectly fitting to just how the game went.
Another big reason that Denver was able to beat up on Orlando was dominance on the glass, they out-rebounded the Magic 50-40 behind four big-time performances. Both Quincy Miller (16 points, 11 rebounds) and J.J. Hickson (13 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Nuggets, with Kenneth Faried (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Timofey Mozgov (14 points, 9 rebonds) falling one rebound short of joining them.
In addition to the across-the-board showing, Denver was able to rest the entirety of their roster, as no player surpassed even 30 minuets played in the game, and Orlando had no answers. If there was a bright spot for the Magic, it was Tobias Harris, who is starting to round into form and showed that with 22 points and 9 rebounds, but that was basically the list of positives.
Denver now sits at 19-17 and while it has been a up and down season, this was a reminder to the rest of the league of the type of ceiling that the fast-paced Nuggets can flash.