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Portland at Orlando

Turkoglu, Lewis team up to carry Magic over Blazers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Defense has been a question mark for the Orlando Magic all season, but they had enough answers against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Magic shut down the Trail Blazers for long stretches of the game and let a balanced offense led by Hedo Turkoglu carry them to a 101-94 victory Saturday night over one of the hottest teams in the league the past month.

Turkoglu had 20 points and Rashard Lewis 16 for Orlando. Dwight Howard added his league-high 37th double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Maurice Evans had a season-high 15 points.

"Dwight and Rashard didn't get a lot of shots and sometimes when that happens to scorers, they go into a funk, but I was really pleased with the job those two did defensively," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "They really took control of the paint for us."

Brandon Roy had 25 points and seven assists to lead the Trail Blazers. Travis Outlaw had 22 points off the bench, and Martell Webster and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 12 points.

The Magic, who blew a 19-point third-quarter lead at Charlotte in their last game, led by 21 in the middle of the second quarter, but saw the advantage dwindle to just four with less than a minute to go in the third period.

However, Orlando scored eight straight points at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to push the advantage back to 12. Portland couldn't get the deficit under 10 until Outlaw's dunk with 41 seconds left made it 94-86.

"We played with a lot of energy defensively," Lewis said. "When we made mistakes, it was a mistake going hard. When you're playing that hard, you can build a cushion just in case they do make a run."

The Magic made seven of eight free throws in the final 41 seconds.

The Magic hit five of 10 3-pointers in the first half. Keith Bogans' 3 with 8:17 left in the second period made it 39-18, but Portland made a late run before the half. Outlaw and James Jones combined for 14 points as the Trail Blazers went on a 24-11 in the final eight minutes of the quarter to make it 50-42 at halftime.

"We played better defense and we didn't turn the ball over," Van Gundy said. "We should have closed that game out easily, but Portland is the best team in the NBA over the last six weeks. Nobody will write that, but their record says they have been, so that was a heck of a win."

The Trail Blazers, who have two games left on a seven-game road trip and were on the second half of a back-to-back, admitted they were tired. They shot only 42.2 percent, but stayed in the game by committing only six turnovers and knocking down nine of 15 3-point attempts.

"We were flat," Roy said. "Guys were tired and heavy legs. We were giving into fatigue early on, but once we toughened up, we gave them a good game."

Portland cut the deficit to 66-62 with 1:55 left in the third period after Webster hit his third 3-pointer of the period, and it was 68-64 after Outlaw drilled a 20-footer with 44 seconds left in the period. However, Bogans hit a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter, then Evans and Turkoglu opened the final period with five straight points to put the Magic in front 76-64.

Notes

  • Magic PG Jameer Nelson was inactive because of a strained tendon in his foot. Carlos Arroyo started in his place and didn't have an assist in 22 minutes.
  • Portland is 2-3 on its trip.
  • The Magic have made five or more 3-pointers in every game this season.
  • Jones, the NBA's leader in 3-point percentage, was 3-of-5. He is shooting 53.1 percent.
  • Turkoglu was shooting only 29.6 percent (16-of-54) in his last four games. He was 9-of-16 against the Trail Blazers.
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Some Saturday night magic: Hedo Turkoglu leads Orlando in scoring with 20 points.  (AP)
Some Saturday night magic: Hedo Turkoglu leads Orlando in scoring with 20 points. (AP)

Scoreboard
Portland (24-16) 1824223094
Orlando (25-17) «26242130101
POR:B. Roy 25 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 8 Reb
POR:B. Roy 7 Ast
ORL:H. Turkoglu 20 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 14 Reb
ORL:R. Lewis 5 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoPortland

H. Turkoglu

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20852557
Portland
B. Roy, SG4211-211-157425
L. Aldridge, PF396-210-072312
M. Webster, SG304-101-262512
S. Blake, PG221-21-11503
J. Przybilla, C200-43-48013
T. Outlaw, SF2910-201-161222
J. Jack, PG262-32-22636
J. Jones, SF223-70-01009
C. Frye, PF81-20-00032
S. Rodriguez, PG30-10-01000
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
T. Green, PGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 38-919-1137232194
 41.8%81.8% 
Orlando
R. Lewis, SF385-104-445216
H. Turkoglu, SF389-161-285320
D. Howard, C373-74-10141310
M. Evans, SF277-100-052115
C. Arroyo, PG224-70-02008
K. Bogans, SG315-101-231213
K. Dooling, PG262-73-54517
A. Foyle, C112-40-03014
B. Cook, PF113-90-05018
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, SFDid Not Play
J. Nelson, PGDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8013-23481914101
 50.0%56.5% 
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Sac 110 Final
Ind 104
Tor 95 Final
Phi 99
Mem 87 Final
Char 105
NY 88 Final
Mia 84
Det 81 Final
Chi 97
SA 81 Final
Hou 83
GS 119 Final
Mil 99
Sea 96 Final
Dal 111
Min 108 Final
Den 111
NJ 107 Final
LAC 120