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Nuggets beat Magic in overtime for 7th straight win

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) To build a long winning streak, sometimes you need a little luck.

The Denver Nuggets took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 124-118 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

''They did everything they could to win the game and we got lucky,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''We'll take it, but we definitely got lucky.''

Jamal Murray scored 31 points and the Nuggets shut down the Magic in overtime for their seventh straight victory.

After Terence Ross tied it for Orlando with a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Magic 9-2 until Nikola Vucevic dunked for the Magic's first field goal of the overtime session with just 1:04 left.

Ross' open jumper - when the Magic needed three points in the final seconds - was one of the reasons Malone called it ''one of our worst performances of the year.''

Murray wouldn't go quite that far.

''We didn't play our best, but they played really good,'' said Murray, who also had eight assists. ''They had a great game, and they're a really underrated team, especially at home. They were making a lot of shots, more than we expected. It seemed like everybody was hitting.''

The Magic kept up with the Nuggets with 57 percent shooting through three quarters, but made only 10 of 34 shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.

''I thought we played well offensively. Defensively we just couldn't get a stop,'' said Aaron Gordon, who had 19 points.

''Obviously our offense was more than good enough,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said. ''We competed hard, but at the end of the day we couldn't guard the high pick and roll the whole game, couldn't get a handle on it.''

Paul Millsap added 18 points for Denver, which shot 55 percent for the game. Center Nikola Jokic had 12 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 26 points before fouling out in overtime and then drawing a second technical foul. Fournier thought the Nuggets' luck took a different form, resulting in their 37 foul shots to Orlando's eight.

''It's terrible, man, and that's why it's frustrating,'' he said. ''We're a team that never complains and we never get the calls. Then we start to say something and then we get the technicals. What is that?''

Vucevic added 24 points and 15 rebounds for Orlando, which made 20 of 43 3-pointers during regulation against the NBA's best 3-point defense. But the Magic made only one of nine shots in overtime and missed all six of their 3-pointers.

The Nuggets made nine of their first 12 shots and broke out to a 22-10 lead, but Gordon scored 13 straight Magic points, including three 3-pointers, to get Orlando back in it. Neither team led by more than six points during the final three quarters.

Denver took a five-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Ross tied it 112-112. Murray missed a short jumper just before the buzzer, taking the game into overtime.

AFTER NOT REVIEWING THE PLAY. . .

The crowd erupted when a replay showed Murray stepping out of bounds with the ball just before being fouled with 20.8 seconds left in overtime. Referee Marc Davis explained: ''As per Rule 13, Section A, No. 17, an out-of-bounds may be reviewed if it is called or the officials have doubt as to whether the ball was out of bounds. It was never called out of bounds, and so there was no trigger. So it wasn't a reviewable matter.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed the entire game after injuring his right hip in the first quarter Monday night at Toronto. The Nuggets have not ruled him out for Friday night's game at Charlotte. ... The Nuggets missed 14 free throws, six more than the Magic attempted.

Magic: A day after holding the Heat to just five free throws in a game at Miami, the Magic shot no free throws until Jonathan Isaac made two at 9:13 of the fourth quarter. ... Ross came off the bench for 17 points, his average over the last seven games.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At Charlotte on Friday night.

Magic: Host Indiana on Friday night.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
N. Vucevic
9 C
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
20.9 Pts. Per Game 20.9
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
11.3 Reb. Per Game 11.3
47.5 Field Goal % 55.2
47.8 Three Point % 55.0
82.7 Free Throw % 83.3
  Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap 0:00
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic 0:08
  Jamal Murray missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Jamal Murray made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Jonathan Isaac 0:10
  Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
+ 1 Jamal Murray made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
  Personal foul on Nikola Vucevic 0:20
+ 1 Terrence Ross made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
+ 1 Terrence Ross made 1st of 2 free throws 0:39
Team Stats
Points 124 118
Field Goals 45-82 (54.9%) 45-95 (47.4%)
3-Pointers 11-19 (57.9%) 20-49 (40.8%)
Free Throws 23-37 (62.2%) 8-8 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 56 45
Offensive 4 6
Defensive 39 34
Team 13 5
Assists 34 30
Steals 5 4
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 10 9
Fouls 19 23
Technicals 0 4
31 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
24 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Nuggets 17-7 3125322412124
home team logo Magic 12-13 282632266118
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 17-7 110.2 PPG 47.5 RPG 27.0 APG
home team logo Magic 12-13 105.7 PPG 42.3 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
J. Murray PG 17.4 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.9 APG 41.3 FG%
E. Fournier SG 15.1 PPG 2.9 RPG 3.8 APG 41.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Murray PG 31 PTS 4 REB 8 AST
E. Fournier SG 26 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
54.9 FG% 47.4
57.9 3PT FG% 40.8
62.2 FT% 100.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 46 31 4 8 1 0 1 3 10/25 2/3 9/11 1 3 51 +2
P. Millsap 32 18 8 2 0 0 2 1 6/10 2/2 4/7 0 8 28 +1
J. Hernangomez 36 14 4 2 1 0 0 3 6/8 2/4 0/0 0 4 23 +1
N. Jokic 34 12 8 13 1 0 1 3 5/13 1/3 1/2 0 8 46 +10
T. Craig 25 5 4 1 2 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 1/2 1 3 12 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 46 31 4 8 1 0 1 3 10/25 2/3 9/11 1 3 51 +2
P. Millsap 32 18 8 2 0 0 2 1 6/10 2/2 4/7 0 8 28 +1
J. Hernangomez 36 14 4 2 1 0 0 3 6/8 2/4 0/0 0 4 23 +1
N. Jokic 34 12 8 13 1 0 1 3 5/13 1/3 1/2 0 8 46 +10
T. Craig 25 5 4 1 2 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 1/2 1 3 12 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 20 13 2 3 0 0 2 0 6/7 1/1 0/1 1 1 19 +5
T. Lyles 18 12 2 0 0 1 1 2 4/8 1/3 3/4 0 2 14 +4
M. Plumlee 19 11 7 4 0 1 1 3 3/3 0/0 5/10 1 6 26 -3
M. Beasley 30 8 4 1 0 0 1 3 3/6 2/3 0/0 0 4 13 +10
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akoon-Purcell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 124 43 34 5 2 10 19 45/82 11/19 23/37 4 39 232 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 38 26 8 4 0 1 2 6 8/15 6/10 4/4 2 6 41 +4
N. Vucevic 37 24 15 4 0 0 1 2 11/19 2/4 0/0 1 14 46 -9
A. Gordon 39 19 6 5 1 1 1 4 8/19 3/8 0/0 1 5 36 -5
D. Augustin 30 8 0 5 0 0 0 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 18 -5
J. Simmons 24 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 0 4 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Fournier 38 26 8 4 0 1 2 6 8/15 6/10 4/4 2 6 41 +4
N. Vucevic 37 24 15 4 0 0 1 2 11/19 2/4 0/0 1 14 46 -9
A. Gordon 39 19 6 5 1 1 1 4 8/19 3/8 0/0 1 5 36 -5
D. Augustin 30 8 0 5 0 0 0 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 18 -5
J. Simmons 24 2 0 2 0 0 2 2 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 0 4 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ross 32 17 1 3 1 0 0 0 6/12 3/9 2/2 0 1 25 -7
J. Isaac 24 11 4 2 1 1 2 2 4/11 1/7 2/2 1 3 19 -9
M. Bamba 15 11 6 2 1 1 1 4 4/6 3/3 0/0 1 5 22 +3
J. Grant 21 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 -1
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Iwundu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Briscoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 118 40 30 4 4 9 23 45/95 20/49 8/8 6 34 217 -30