PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 36 factors and the Portland Path Blazers prolonged their profitable streak over the Orlando Magic to eight video games with a 106-97 victory on Tuesday night time.
Carmelo Anthony added a season-high 23 factors, together with 5 3-pointers. It was Lillard’s thirteenth sport with 30-plus factors this season.
Nikola Vucevic had 27 factors and 15 rebounds for the short-handed Magic, who’ve misplaced six of their final seven video games. Rookie Cole Anthony began however didn’t return for the second half due to a shoulder damage.
Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 93-79 lead early within the fourth quarter and Portland did not let the Magic get inside single digits till the ultimate seconds.
Evan Fournier, a late scratch on Saturday with again spasms when Orlando fell 118-92 at house to the Bulls, was unavailable once more towards Portland. The Magic had been additionally with out Michael Carter-Williams, who has a sprained foot, and Aaron Gordon due to a sprained left ankle.
However the Magic acquired some excellent news with the return of Al-Farouq Aminu, who performed for the primary time this season after rehabbing his proper knee, though he was restricted to simply 5 minutes within the opening half. Aminu performed for 4 years in Portland earlier than signing with Orlando as a free agent in 2019.
Portland led by as many as 16 factors within the opening quarter. Gary Trent Jr.’s 3-pointer put the Blazers up 45-28 halfway by the second.
Orlando’s 10-3 run to shut out the half minimize the margin to 50-43. Anthony appeared to harm his proper shoulder late within the second quarter and didn’t return. Frank Mason began the second half.
The Magic pulled to 70-63 on Terrence Ross’ floater. The Blazers answered with an 8-0 run to tug away and led 84-73 going into the ultimate interval.
Magic: The sport kicked off a four-game street journey for the Magic. … The final Orlando win in Portland was in January 2017. … The workforce mentioned Anthony had a proper shoulder pressure. Extra particulars weren’t accessible. Anthony was averaging 11.3 factors, 4.5 rebounds and three.9 assists going into the sport.
Path Blazers: Portland was with out Nassir Little due to a left knee sprain. … Portland swept each video games towards the Magic final season. … The Blazers had been at house after a six-game street journey, which they completed 3-3. … Trent led all gamers with 15 first-half factors.
Magic: Go to Golden State on Thursday.
Path Blazers: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, the identical time that the forecast requires snow within the Portland space.