Road woes continue to be a problem for Orlando when they head outside of the confines of the Amway Center. Friday night’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets provided no differences in the Magic’s previous contests outside of Orlando, as the team begins a six game road trip. Five of the six contests will be on the west coast, including visits to Los Angeles and Portland.
An unlikely hero off the bench ended up being the spark for the Nuggets, as guard Trey Lyles scored a game-high 22 points and led Denver to a 112-87 victory over the Magic. Orlando falls to 9-10 on the season and will next take the court when they visit the Staples Center on Sunday to face the Los Angeles Lakers. That game is slated for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
No one from the Magic was minced for words, including shooting guard Evan Fournier, after the loss.
”The bottom line is we got worked,” Fournier said. ”They were the most aggressive team. We tried to execute, but we didn’t have any flow or intensity. They kept scoring and we had to take the ball out of the net every time.”
The constant struggle for the Magic (9-10) through 19 games has been getting consistent play from the starting lineup. Fournier himself had a bad night from the floor, shooting 2-of-10 and notching just five points. Orlando’s leading scorer was Terrance Ross off the bench with 18 points.
Amongst the starters, Nikola Vucevic was the one bright spot as he turned in 16-point, 8-rebound performance. Vucevic mostly had his hands full dealing with Denver center Nikola Jokic, who ran a stat line of six points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Orlando’s west coast swing begins an eye test of where the Magic are at this point through the season, with the team currently in the thick of thingsnin the Eastern Conference.