Orlando Magic break 9-game losing streak against Portland Trail Blazers
The Orlando Magic broke a nine game losing streak on Tuesday night, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 95 to 85. It was home sweet home for the Magic, who returned from a four game West Coast swing on Monday and looked re-energized being back in front of friendly fans.
Portland led by six points with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter before Orlando went on an uncharacteristic 16-0 run to close out the first half, giving the Magic an eight point lead at the midpoint. An 11-point 3rd quarter from Tobias Harris would push the lead t0 14 heading into the final frame – a lead the Magic would never relinquish.
Tobias Harris led Orlando with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Nik Vucevic had his own double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Overall, five Magic men finished in double figures.
Jameer Nelson remained sidelined with a sore knee and Victor Oladipo once again started in his place for the fourth consecutive game. Oladipo continues to show improvement at the point guard position, including several highlight plays. Though the shooting numbers don’t show it (just 5-16 from the field), the energy and commitment to making his teammates better continue to be promising. Victor finished with 13 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 broken Moe Williams ankles.
After nine tough losses, a win can be taken as nothing but a positive. With Orlando virtually having the 3rd-worst record locked up, now at 20-52, even the pro-tank crowd should be pulling for wins. Plus, as you may have noticed, winning is significantly more fun.
Orlando has a few well deserved days off before playing the Charlotte Bobcats at home on Friday night.