NBA Game Summary - Portland at Orlando
(Wednesday, November 24th)
Final Score: Portland 89, Orlando 83
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph scored four straight points down the stretch to snap a tie and lead Portland to an 89-83 win over Orlando at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Randolph posted a game-high 27 points for the Trail Blazers, who have won 11 straight over Orlando. Damon Stoudamire contributed 16 points and eight assists, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 12 points and 14 rebounds.
"Zach was huge for us," said Portland head coach Maurice Cheeks. "[At halftime] we talked about getting him involved in the game."
Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who had won their last two games. Steve Francis, Grant Hill and Dwight Howard all finished with 11 points.
Randolph hit a jumper to snap an 81-81 tie with 2:09 remaining for Portland, which scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to secure its fourth victory in the last nine games overall. Randolph then added two free throws with 34.8 seconds to play.
Darius Miles added two foul shots with 10.4 seconds later to put the team ahead by six. Anderson's free throws made it 89-81.
"This was a game that we didn't do enough things well enough to win," said Orlando head coach Johnny Davis. "I thought we were a little careless particularly in the first half in handling the basketball."
The Magic took a 13-7 lead midway through the first quarter on a dunk by Howard.
A dunk Stoudamire with less than three minutes to go in the first pulled Portland within 16-13.
But Orlando ended the first with a 23-15 advantage. Howard made three straight shots and scored six points during the quarter. Hill led the team with seven points.
Just 22 seconds into the second quarter, Turkoglu drained a three-pointer to put the Magic ahead 26-15.
Down 34-23, the Trail Blazers got within 42-41 on a three-pointer by Derek Anderson with 1:16 to go in the second. They trailed 44-41 at halftime.
Portland fell behind 46-41 early in the third quarter, but responded with a 17-6 burst. A jumper by Randolph put it ahead 58-52 midway through the third.
Orlando got within 58-56 on basket by Francis, but a layup by Nick Van Exel capped a eight-point burst and staked the Trail Blazers to a 66-56 edge with 2:29 to play in the third. They led 66-62 at the end of the quarter.
A layup by Patterson, 38 seconds into the fourth quarter, opened a 69-62 edge for the Trail Blazers.
However, the Magic went ahead 75-71. Turkoglu capped a 13-2 run with five straight points. His three-pointer midway through the fourth ended the burst.
Anderson posted nine points for Portland, which has won six straight in Orlando...Kelvin Kato pulled down 11 rebounds for the Magic, who last won in the series March 20, 1998...Orlando shooting guard Cuttino Mobley missed his sixth straight game with a groin injury...The Trail Blazers improved to 3-3 on the road this season.
11/24 22:51:32 ET