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Magic at Nuggets four-factors analysis

The Magic out-shot host Denver in Tuesday's defeat, but failed on the boards and at the foul line.

Arron Afflalo, Kenneth Faried, and Andrew Nicholson
Arron Afflalo, Kenneth Faried, and Andrew Nicholson
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The Orlando Magic dropped their 10th straight game Wednesday night in yet another heartbreaker, this time to the Denver Nuggets by a 108-105 final. Orlando led by nine points with 10:31 to play in the game, but Denver stormed back with strong defense and by making hustle plays.

Orlando's offense continues to work well despite the absence of Glen Davis, the team's second-leading scorer at 16 points per game. It posted 105 points in an estimated 96 possessions on Wednesday by shooting 47 percent from the field and by limiting turnovers.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Magic 96.0 109.4 51.6% 9.7 26.8 11.5
Nuggets 96.0 112.5 45.7% 23.4 36.0 10.4
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

But once again Orlando failed to work itself to the foul line with any regularity, a subject of particular consternation in Wednesday's game. The Nuggets were called for just seven fouls the entire game, while Orlando was whistled for 27. As a result of that foul disparity, Denver held a 36-10 advantage in free-throw attempts.

The Nuggets also dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 48-43. Its 18 offensive rebounds led to 25 second-chance points.

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