Aaron Gordon Leaves Game vs. Nuggets After Suffering Concussion in 2nd Half

Aaron Gordon leaves game with concussion

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"We made winning plays in the last 90 seconds", said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. Augustin had a wide-open look at the top of 3-point arc after getting a nice assist from Vucevic.

After he was fouled following his rebound of an airball by former Hawk Shelvin Mack, Bazemore added a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left, and Orlando head coach Frank Vogel called timeout.

The Orlando Magic lost a member of their starting lineup during the third quarter of Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets, as forward Aaron Gordon left the game and would ultimately be diagnosed with a concussion. The Magic struggled to get any offensive rhythm for the first 3 1/2 quarters, finding themselves in an 86-77 hole with nine minutes to go.

After leading nearly the entire first half, the Magic faded badly in the second, scoring only 22 points in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth. "Players get hurt. Other guys have to step up". "I loved our defense tonight, and hope that we can become a little bit more consistent with it".

In his first start of the season, Mario Hezonja posted seven points and six rebounds.

After falling behind by 11 points in the first quarter, the Nuggets outscored Orlando 67-45 in the second and third periods to take control. Barton had 12 points.

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The Magic announced the diagnosis and noted he won't return to the contest. The Hawks led 89-87 when Isaiah Taylor drove for a basket with 1.9 seconds left. C Nikola Jokic (15.5 ppg) missed his fourth consecutive game (sprained left ankle), although the Nuggets expect him back soon. Orlando is already without guard Evan Fournier (sprained ankle), a guard averaging 18.3 points, guard/forward Terrence Ross (sprained knee, leg fracture) and rookie forward Jonathan Isaac (sprained ankle).

Denver's six-game road trip next turns north and gets tougher, as Indiana, Detroit and Boston all entered Friday occupying an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"Bazemore made huge plays; a lot of credit to them", Vucevic said.

Magic: At Atlanta on Saturday night in a rematch of the Magic's overtime victory Wednesday night. The Nuggets beat the Magic by 18 points earlier this season in Denver.

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