Big 2nd half lifts Magic over Trail Blazers, 95-85
- Article by: KYLE HIGHTOWER
- Associated Press
- March 25, 2014 - 8:45 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Portland Trail Blazers 95-85 on Tuesday night to stop a nine-game losing streak.
Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who led by just eight at the half but used scoring spurts in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and six assists.
Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The Blazers, who entered the night in fifth place in the West, have lost three straight. They were without forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower back contusion.
The Magic closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run and increased their lead to 19 in the opening minutes of the fourth.
Harris was the most active for Orlando in the final quarter, scoring eight points. The Blazers were finally able to string together some baskets and cut the lead down to 11 points on a 3-pointer by Wesley Matthews with 2:31 to play.
But the Magic were able to close out the game from the foul line.
Orlando took an eight-point lead into halftime after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half.
Vucevic led the scoring effort with 14 points. The Magic also had 10 assists on their 21 baskets, including four from Oladipo.
Lopez scored 10 first-half points for Portland, which shot just 40 percent from the field. The Blazers also struggled from the foul line, connecting on only 2 of their 12 attempts.
NOTES: Orlando improved to 5-24 against the Western Conference. ... The Magic honored Grant Hill between the first and second quarter as part of their "Legends Nights" season-long series to honor former players as part of the team's 25th anniversary season celebration.
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