NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Portland
(Friday, January 15th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Orlando 87
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Martell Webster scored 24 points and hauled in nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers, playing without star guard Brandon Roy, led wire-to-wire in a 102-87 victory over the Orlando Magic at Rose Garden.
Andre Miller added 19 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who committed just nine turnovers in their third win in four games. Steve Blake went 4-of-6 from three-pointer range in an 18-point effort, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 14 boards in the win.
"We're playing good basketball. We're playing the game the right way and we're playing the game together," said Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. "I think that must happen regardless of who you have -- whether we have all of our guys together -- because I've seen it go the other way where you're not playing together and you're worried about different things."
Rudy Fernandez had 10 points for Portland, which won a home game over Orlando for the first time in four tries.
Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson had 15 points apiece to lead the Magic, who fell to 1-2 on their four-game road trip and 2-8 in their last 10 away from Amway Arena. Dwight Howard was limited to 11 points and 11 rebounds, as he went a woeful 3-of-10 from the free throw line in the loss.
"We're going to get everybody's best shot," Lewis said. "We knew that coming into the season. Last year we kind of flew under the radar, this year we're not flying under the radar and teams are going to give us their best."
A 7-0 Portland run in the first quarter put the hosts ahead, 15-8, after a pair of Miller free throws, and the lead increased to 22-11 after an Aldridge basket with 2:41 left.
The Blazers held a 24-14 lead after 12 minutes, and a 21-6 spurt by the hosts to end the half had Portland ahead, 52-32, at halftime. Aldridge and Miller combined for 14 of the points, and Blake's three capped the Blazers' scoring in the period.
The Magic got as close as 12 points early in the third quarter, but the Blazers pushed the lead back up to 23, 74-51, on a Webster three-pointer with two minutes to go.
Portland led, 77-59, after three quarters, and the lead was never threatened in the fourth.
The Blazers have won their last three games without Roy, who sat out with a strained hamstring...Orlando finishes its four-game road trip on Monday against the Lakers in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals...Portland finished a five-game homestand 3-2...Vince Carter (shoulder) returned after missing three games and had five points in 21:42.
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