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Orlando at Golden State

Nelson goes off for 23 in second half, propels Magic past Warriors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jameer Nelson wasn't keeping track of how many shots he was taking. All he knew was his team needed some offense and he was feeling good.

Nelson scored 23 of his career high-tying 32 points in the second half, and the Orlando Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 109-98 on Monday night for their fourth victory in five road games.

"I have no idea how many shots it was -- I was just shooting," Nelson said. "I tell people all the time if the shot is there, I'm going to take it. I missed a ton of easy shots in the first half, and they were good shots. They were shots that were given to me, so I just continued to take them in the second half."

Marcin Gortat, starting in place of the injured Dwight Howard, recorded his second career double-double with career bests of 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Magic improved to 19-6, their best 25-game start since opening the 1994-95 season at 20-5. Rashard Lewis added 21 points and Courtney Lee had 16.

"Winning games on the road is always a positive," Lewis said. "Jameer was knocking down shots, so we continued to go to him. He took over on the offensive end. There were a lot of good things since we weren't playing with our number one guy."

Andris Biedrins scored 23 points to lead the Warriors, who have lost 12 of their past 14 games. Marco Belinelli added a career-high 19 points and Jamal Crawford scored 16.

"I thought we tried to do the right thing," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "It was tough to establish a low-post game and we struggled to score."

Jameer Nelson made nine of his first 11 shots in the second half after missing seven of 11 in the first half. He scored 15 points in the third quarter as Orlando continually pulled away after Golden State tied the game at 53 with 8:48 remaining.

"They were doubling (Hedo Turkoglu) on the pick-and-rolls and he was making great decisions in passing the ball," Nelson said. "Guys were finding me, and it was just one of those nights where you feel good."

Nelson hit four consecutive shots, three of them from long range, to help the Magic regain the advantage for good. Tony Battie, who had 12 rebounds, tipped in Nelson's only miss of the third quarter.

"We had a lot of great performances," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Marcin was tremendous with double-figure points and rebounds, and he blocked three shots. Obviously Jameer had it rolling in the first half."

Gortat held his own against Biedrins, limiting the Warriors' center to nine rebounds. Gortat brought career totals of 30 points and 31 rebounds into the contest Monday.

"I'm not going to lie; I was excited to play, to be starting the game," Gortat said. "Competing against Andris for 27 minutes was exciting, too. I had a straight message from Coach, which was to take him out of the boards and get as many rebounds as I could."

Golden State's Stephen Jackson, trying to play through a sprained left hand, is 6-for-41 during his past three games. He was 20-for-46 in the three games before the injury.

"I'm not going to make this a big deal about my hand," Jackson said. "It happened, and I'm going to keep rolling."

The Magic led at halftime 46-40.

Notes

  • The Magic are 15-3 since starting the season 4-3.
  • Biedrins did not record a double-double for only the second time at home this season.
  • The Warriors failed to score at least 100 points for the sixth time -- all losses.
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Jameer Nelson saves his best for last, scoring 23 of his 32 points in the second half.  (AP)
Jameer Nelson saves his best for last, scoring 23 of his 32 points in the second half. (AP)

Scoreboard
Orlando (19-6) «21253132109
Golden State (7-18) 2020273198
ORL:J. Nelson 32 Pts
ORL:M. Gortat 13 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 8 Ast
GS:A. Biedrins 23 Pts
GS:K. Azubuike 10 Reb
GS:J. Crawford 6 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateOrlando

A. Biedrins

J. Nelson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
23913244
Orlando
H. Turkoglu, SF416-170-078212
R. Lewis, SF398-152-285321
J. Nelson, PG3513-251-144332
M. Gortat, PF287-132-2131516
K. Bogans, SG271-40-03112
C. Lee, SG266-82-232216
T. Battie, PF201-82-212234
A. Johnson, PG132-30-20234
J. Redick, SG111-10-21102
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
M. Wilks, PGDid Not Play
D. Howard, CDid Not Play
M. Pietrus, SFDid Not Play
B. Cook, PFDid Not Play
Totals 45-949-13512622109
 47.9%69.2% 
Golden State
S. Jackson, SG393-146-673112
J. Crawford, SG376-173-336016
K. Azubuike, SF372-141-210116
A. Biedrins, C3110-123-491123
C. Watson, PG222-62-23037
M. Belinelli, SG318-141-146019
R. Turiaf, PF142-71-34015
A. Morrow, SG142-30-04134
B. Wright, SF122-30-02024
A. Randolph, SF21-10-22102
C. Maggette, SFDid Not Play
M. Williams, PGDid Not Play
R. Hendrix, PFDid Not Play
R. Kurz, SFDid Not Play
D. Nelson, SGDid Not Play
Totals 38-9117-2348191298
 41.8%73.9% 
Other Games
Char 79 Final
Atl 83
Ind 118 Final
Wash 98
NJ 94 Final
Tor 87
Utah 91 Final
Bos 100
Mil 98 Final
Mia 83
Den 98 Final
Dal 88
NY 103 Final
Pho 111
Min 103 Final
Sac 118