Boykins guards McGrady on final miss

DENVER (Ticker) -- Tracy McGrady did everything but hit the
final shot.

McGrady scored a league season-high 51 points but missed a
potential tying 3-pointer with seven seconds left as the Orlando
Magic suffered their eighth straight loss, a 106-101 setback to
the Denver Nuggets.

McGrady, who fell one point short of his career high, shot
20-of-30 from the field, hitting a career-high eight 3-pointers.
But the 6-9 superstar could not make his last one despite
being guarded by 5-5 Earl Boykins, who raced downcourt for a
fast-break layup.

Boykins scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and finished with
27, one shy of his career high. He also recorded the eighth
blocked shot of his six-year career when he swatted Tyronn Lue's
attempt early in the period.

Boykins hit two key shots down the stretch. His 3-pointer with
5:25 left capped an 8-2 run to make it 92-85, and a jumper from
the right side beat the shot clock with 1:43 left for a 99-90

Andre Miller also scored 27 points for the Nuggets. Rookie
Carmelo Anthony made just 6-of-23 shots but had his first
double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.