NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Portland
(Friday, December 1st)
Final Score: Orlando 91, Portland 89
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Grant Hill scored 16 points and hit the game- winning shot with 0.3 seconds on the clock, as the Orlando Magic got their sixth straight victory with a 91-89 win over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Hill converted a pair of foul shots with 29.7 seconds left to tie the score at 89 for Orlando. Juan Dixon's jumper from the top of the key hit the front of the rim, but Zach Randolph got the offensive rebound to allow Portland an opportunity for the final shot.
However, Sergio Rodriguez cut around the lane and air-balled a runner, giving the final possession to Orlando with 1.2 seconds left.
Hedo Turkoglu inbounded an alley-oop pass to Hill, who split two defenders down the lane and softly laid the ball up with 0.3 seconds on the clock to win the game.
"It was all Grant,"Turkoglu said. "He made a move and got open. I just had to feed him the ball. I presented it to him and he put it up. It was a good catch for him and a good win for us tonight. Back to back wins now, that's good for us."
Dwight Howard posted 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who won back-to- back games against Seattle and Portland for the first time in franchise history. Turkoglu scored 13 points, and Darko Milicic, Trevor Ariza and Keyon Dooling each added 10.
Randolph posted 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fourth straight. Jarrett Jack scored 14 points and Travis Outlaw notched 13 points and eight boards.
"This is a game we should have won," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "But it comes down to listening and learning from it. We did a lot of good things in the game but you have to know how to finish. You can look back and were there were five or six possessions in which we either took bad shots or had poor execution."
Orlando outscored Portland 26-22 in the first quarter and by three in the second to lead 51-44 at halftime.
The Blazers trimmed two points off their deficit in the third to trail 72-67 heading into the fourth.
Orlando shot 37-for-75 (49.3 percent) from the field, while Portland finished 32-for-78 (41 percent). The Blazers shot a dismal 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc, but Orlando didn't do much better at 3-for-11 (27.3 percent).
Orlando has won four of its last 11 at Portland...The Magic are scheduled to host Portland on February 14 in the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs.
12/02 01:47:16 ET