NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Portland
(Monday, November 26th)
Final Score: Orlando 85, Portland 74
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Hedo Turkoglu picked up the slack for the foul-plagued Dwight Howard, scoring 21 points to lead the Orlando Magic to an 85-74 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Howard finished with nine points and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes, sitting extended stretches of the second half to fall a point shy of his 14th double- double in 15 games this season.
Orlando used a 20-5 surge that bridged the third and fourth quarters, scoring 10 of the first 13 points of the fourth to take control. Turkoglu's three from the top of the key gave the Magic their largest lead at 85-70 with just over two minutes to go, and most of the damage in the final frame was done with Howard on the bench and veteran backup Adonal Foyle in the game.
Rashard Lewis finished with 20 points, while Jameer Nelson had eight points and six assists for the Magic, who started a five-game road swing by winning their third in a row.
Foyle, meanwhile, supplied 17 quality minutes in relief of Howard, scoring eight points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
"It was a long, tough night for us tonight," said Lewis. "Our shots were flat. We didn't get any legs under our shots and missed a lot of wide open threes. Our defense kept us in the game...Our bench came in and played well for us. That lets you know we're a total team. It lets you know our bench can get it done when our starters are having a tough time. It's a good sign to know we didn't score many points while we are a high scoring offensive team, and we were able to stick it out."
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 16 points, but played only 27 minutes because of his own foul trouble issues. Martell Webster added 13 points and eight boards, while Brandon Roy and Travis Outlaw had 12 apiece.
The Blazers have now lost six of their last seven games, though it was just their second loss at home on the year.
"We just went flat after the first quarter," said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. "I can't explain why. In the first quarter we played just the way we wanted to. Our ball movement and player movement was good and our transition to defense was good. What we saw from them in the fourth quarter is what we wanted to do for ourselves for the whole game and what we did do in the first quarter. But after that we just didn't get up and down the floor."
Portland closed the opening quarter on a 13-7 run to head into the second leading 27-17. Outlaw had eight points off the bench in the period, and Joel Przybilla added five while pulling down five boards.
Portland extended its lead to 35-22 early in the second before the Magic ripped off 16 straight to take a three-point edge capped by Nelson's breakaway layup with 3:39 to go in the half. But Nelson then telegraphed a crosscourt pass that resulted in a Webster three at the other end, helping Portland close on a 7-4 run and enter the half tied at 42.
The Blazers had a 56-49 lead with four minutes to go in the third, and looked in position to seize control when Howard picked up his fourth foul. But Turkoglu keyed a 10-2 run to give Orlando a 59-58 lead heading to the fourth.
Orlando improved to 8-1 on the road this season despite shooting just 41 percent (33-for-80), including 7-for-27 from three-point range...Portland shot only 39.5 percent (32-for-81) from the floor, hitting 3-of-15 from beyond the arc...Przybilla finished with six points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot.
11/27 01:38:06 ET