12/15 20:35 CST Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Magic, 95-88
Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Magic, 95-88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --- Damian Lillard scored 21 points, C.J. McCollum had 20
and the Portland Trail Blazers withstood a late rally to beat the Orlando Magic
95-88 on Friday night.
The Trail Blazers led by 17 with 7:26 left in the game, but needed late
contributions from Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic to slam the door. Aminu had
15 points and got a breakaway dunk with 23 seconds to play to seal the game.
Nurkic had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Johnathon Simmons
added 15 points and D.J. Augustin had 14.
Aaron Gordon, who was returning to the Magic lineup after missing two games
with a concussion, limped off the court with 7:45 left in the game and the
Magic trailing 85-69. He strained his calf after colliding with Trail Blazers
rookie Zach Collins.
Each team made a big run in the fourth quarter, but one negated the other.
Portland scored 11 straight to push take an 86-69 lead with 7:26 to play
Orlando responded by scoring 12 straight points, the last basket a layup by
Vucevic that made it 86-81 with just over 3 minutes to go.
The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with Orlando never getting closer
than five. Aminu settled the matter with an uncontested dunk.
Lillard had 13 points in the third quarter when Portland slipped away from the
Magic. The Trail Blazers point guard was too quick for Orlando's Elfrid Payton
and created all four of his field goals off the dribble and got Payton to foul
him on a 3-pointer.
That helped the Trail Blazers build a 69-52 advantage on a layup by Evan Turner
with 5 minutes left in the period.
Vucevic started dominating in the paint to help the Magic cut the deficit to
75-69 early in the final period, before Portland's run to push the lead back
into double digits.
TRAIL BLAZERS: Aminu is 18 of 31 on 3-pointers in his last five games. . Nurkic
returned after missing three games with an ankle sprain. He played 25 minutes.
. Portland gave up 113.4 points during its recent five-game losing streak, but
has held its last two opponents under 100, both wins.
MAGIC: The Magic haven't won a game this season (0-9) when they score less than
100 points. . Rookie Johnathan Isaac practiced Thursday, but was held out of
the game by team doctors. Isaac has missed 17 games with an ankle injury. .
Evan Fournier (ankle), Terrence Ross (knee) and Aaron Afflalo (back) were
TRAIL BLAZERS: At Charlotte on Saturday.
MAGIC: At Detroit on Sunday to face former coach Stan Van Gundy.
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