Three of the Nuggets' star players really showed up to play, in the form of Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson and Kenneth Faried, who all broke the 20-point mark. These three also combined for a tremendous 29 rebounds, more than half of the team's total of 52. As usual, Ty Lawson played the facilitator with his 12 assists to accompany 17 points. And even Darrell Arthur got into the action with incredible production as he had 14 points in just 17 minutes of play.
It seemed to be the Nikola Vucevic show early on for the Magic as he went for an impressive 12 points in the first quarter, leading all scorers. However, he cooled off shortly there after and only scored eight more points for the rest of the game. Former Denver Nuggets' guard Aaron Afflalo also had himself a game, as he lead all scorers for the Magic with his 24 points. Unfortunately, it seemed to be too little, too late for the two-year Magic guard.
When it came down to it, the Nuggs' just out rebounded their opponents from Florida, winning the battle down low 52-38. And even though the Magic shot a perfect 100 percent from the line, the Nuggs' got to the charity stripe more often, and therefore notched three more points than their opponents in free throws. The Magic even had six players brake into double-digits to the Nuggs' five. However, three out of those five for the Nuggs' broke 20 points, whereas only two did for the Magic.
This is definitely a victory to be celebrated, especially considering the stretch of bad luck the Nuggs' have had in close games as of late. But this triumph must be short-lived as Denver is heading down to South Beach to face LeBron James, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh...Meaning the Nuggs' better come extremely well prepared if they plan on taking down the defending champs in their own house.
This might be the toughest test of the season for the Nuggs, but could also be a defining moment for the franchise. Let's see what they're made of.