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                  === Redick helps Magic end 12-game skid ===
 Orlando,  FL  (Sports Network) - After  a three-game absence, J.J. Redick made
 his return a meaningful one.
 Coming  off the  bench, Redick  battled through  a sore  shoulder to  score 22
 points  and  help prevent Orlando  from matching  its longest losing streak in
 nine seasons with a 110-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
 Redick  appeared  to reinjure his  shoulder at the end  of the first half, but
 returned in the third quarter to finish 9-of-13 from the field and help put an
 end to the Magic's 12-game slide.
 Jameer  Nelson contributed  10 points  with  a career-high  15 assists,  while
 Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds in the victory, Orlando's first
 since Jan. 16.
 "It  was  just a  great team  effort," said Vucevic.  "We came out aggressive,
 played  hard on both ends of the court. On the offensive end, we really shared
 the ball, looked for the extra pass, got great looks and knocked shots down."
 Portland  continued its struggles on the road, falling for the seventh time in
 its  last  eight games away  from home.  LaMarcus Aldridge saw his career-best
 seven  consecutive double-doubles  streak come  to an  end, finishing  with 25
 points and six rebounds.
 Nicolas  Batum  contributed 19 points,  eight rebounds  and six assists in the
 Trail Blazers' third straight defeat.
 "I  thought  the Magic  played harder,  they outplayed us  at both ends," said
 Portland coach Terry Stotts. "They deserved to win, they executed well."
 Led  by Redick,  the Magic bench proved  to be a significant difference in the
 game, as they outscored Portland's reserves, 51-28.
 The  Magic overcame an 11-point first quarter deficit by shooting 59.1 percent
 in the second to grab a 55-49 lead at the break.
 Orlando  kept it rolling  in the third, staying hot from the field to increase
 its  advantage  to as many as  13 before heading  into the fourth with a 79-72
 Luke Babbitt's triple early in the fourth brought the Blazers within four, but
 they  never came any  closer. Soon after, Vucevic had a pair of scores to push
 the Magic's advantage back up to eight and Andrew Nicholson's jumper following
 Nelson's triple gave Orlando a 101-88 edge with 4:02 remaining.
 Gustavo  Ayon, who  added 16 points off the bench, finished consecutive layups
 to  help the Magic  keep a double-digit edge with under a minute remaining and
 they cruised to victory from there.
                                   Game Notes
 The last time the Magic lost 13 games in a row was March 13-April 10, 2004 ...
 Nine  of Orlando's  15 wins have come against Western Conference opponents ...
 Portland  came into the contest winners in four of the last five meetings with
 Orlando ... The Trail Blazers fell to 8-18 on the road this season.
 02/10 23:32:27 ET

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