ORLANDO, Fla. — For the second time in as many games, the Orlando Magic squandered a double-digit second-quarter lead against a team that, like them, is not heading to the playoffs.
The Denver Nuggets, like the Milwaukee Bucks before them, recovered from a slow start and came away with a victory. Shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and dominating the Magic on the boards, the Nuggets held off a late charge to defeat the Magic 120-112.
Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo led a fourth-quarter comeback where the Magic cut what was as much as a 15-point deficit to five points twice. Afflalo’s two free throws with 1:26 remaining made it a 115-110 game, but the Magic would get no closer than that.
The Magic had lost Monday night at Milwaukee after blowing an 18-point lead. This time, the Nuggets trailed by 13 in the second quarter but rallied to take a 52-50 halftime lead.
Afflalo topped the Magic with 24 points. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Nelson finished with 19 points.