Orlando loss skein over, courtesy of Blazers
ORLANDO Early in the season, the Trail Blazers ended Washingtons season-opening 12-game losing streak by falling to the Wizards 84-82 Nov. 28.
Portland pulled the trick again Sunday night at Amway Center, losing 110-104 to Orlando to snap the Magics 12-game skid.
Nikola Vucevic collected 17 points and 19 rebounds and J.J. Redick came off the bench for 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting for Orlando (15-36), which owns the second-worst record in the NBA.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, six rebounds and five assists for Portland (25-26), which trailed 83-79 early in the fourth quarter but could get no closer. Nicolas Batum added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Blazers.
Orlando led 55-49 at halftime after trailing by 11 points early. Portland was on top 21-10 when the Magic went on a 21-7 run to go in front 31-28. Orlandos lead was 44-35 when Batum got hot, knocking down four straight shots and scoring 11 straight Portland points.
It was 46-46 when the Magic went on a 9-0 run to go ahead 55-46.
Vucevic had 11 points and nine rebounds at the break, but the off-the-bench contributions of Redick (15 points on 6-of-8 shooting) and Gustavo Ayon (10 points, four assists, three rebounds) was the difference through intermission.
NOTES Portland is 1-3 on its six-game road trip that continues Tuesday at Miami. ... Orlando shot .505 from the field, Portland .506. The Blazers are now 9-1 in games in which they shoot 50 percent or better. ... Orlando hammered Portland on the boards 50-38, grabbing 17 off the offensive glass. ... Ayon finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes. Orlandos Jameer Nelson was only 4-for-18 shooting but had 10 points and 15 assists. ... Portlands Damian Lillard had 12 assists but scored four points and was 1 for 16 from the field in 40 minutes. ... The Magics franchise record for consecutive losses is 13 games in 2004.... Orlando was without veteran forwards Al Harrington, who has missed the entire season following knee surgery, and Glen Davis, who broke a foot on Jan. 30 and is lost for the season. ... Orlando nine offensive boards in first half en route to winning the boards 28-19 ... The Magic reserves outscored their Portland counterparts 51-28, including 32-9 in the first half.