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Faried's 17 points lead Nuggets past Magic, 120-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Denver's deep roster just keeps the Nuggets rolling.

Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 18 points apiece, and Denver had seven players score at least 13 points in a 120-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Quincy Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds — both career highs — and J.J. Hickson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won five straight after losing eight in a row.

"I think they're handling it well right now," coach Brian Shaw said of the winning streak. "They're staying hungry and staying active. Our defense is off the charts. We don't seem to be getting too full of ourselves. "

The Nuggets have scored at least 120 points three times in the five-game winning streak, and they've done it despite attrition to their deep roster.

First, Andre Miller was excused from the team after yelling at Shaw during a loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 1. Since then, forward Wilson Chandler (left groin strain) and Anthony Randolph (sprained left ankle) have gone down.

The Nuggets have answered the adversity with a renewed focus.

"What happened with Andre, everybody realized we have to get together to win games," Fournier said.

Other players have stepped up, and Saturday it was Quincy Miller's turn. The second-year pro looked comfortable in his second start, two nights after checking NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant.

"That helped me a lot," Miller said. "KD is one of the best scorers ever and I held him to 30 after he scored 48."

Miller has impressed Shaw with his defense more than his offense, and with his ability to respond to playing time.

"He's getting opportunities and he's making the most of it," Shaw said. "He is getting more and more confident the more time that he gets out there on the floor. This is great for him."

Tobias Harris had 22 points and nine rebounds and Glen Davis scored 20 points for the Magic, who have dropped seven straight.

The Magic have lost the first four games on their five-game Western Conference road trip. They haven't scored 100 points in the last seven games, and things got tougher with the absence of leading scorer Arron Afflalo.

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