Nuggets no Match for Magic

DENVER - (AP) Hedo Turkoglu scored 31 points, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis had 23 each and the Orlando Magic completed a perfect four-game West Coast trip with a 106-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Dwight Howard had 14 points and 20 rebounds to help the Magic win their seventh straight and ninth in 10 games. It was Howard's second straight 20-rebound game.

Linas Kleiza had a season-high 26 points for Denver, and Chauncey Billups had 16.

Orlando (33-8) has the most wins in the NBA and is percentage points behind Cleveland for first overall in the Eastern Conference. The Magic beat all three Western Conference division leaders on the trip.

Orlando, which beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, showed no signs of fatigue against the Nuggets. The Magic led by nine after three and extended the lead to six at 85-71 with consecutive 3-pointers from Turkoglu and Courtney Lee with 10:01 left. Denver got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Turkoglu took over in the third quarter, scoring 12 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Magic a 79-70 lead heading into the fourth.

Kleiza led the Nuggets with seven points in the third.

Turkoglu and Nelson got off to strong starts in the first period, scoring 10 points each to help the Magic take a 26-23 heading into the second quarter.

Nelson didn't slow down in the second quarter, going 5-for-8 from the field and finishing with 21 points at the half.

Kleiza helped the Nuggets overcome Nelson's big first half with 14 points to help give Denver a 48-47 lead at the break.

Nene and Howard got physical early, drawing a double foul and later getting tangled up. The two stood toe-to-toe, but the officials stepped in before anything happened.

Nene was called for a foul on the play, and moments later Howard drew his second personal and a technical.


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