Trail Blazers win again
The Trail Blazers got their second win in a row, beating the host Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night.
Portland improved to 15-13, while Orlando fell to 11-19 with its fourth consecutive defeat.
The Magic struggled to find much offense and shot 38.1 percent from the field. Portland hit 43.0 percent.
Portland got Jusuf Nurkic back in the lineup at center and received enough scoring punch from guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and forward Al-Farouq Aminu to take control early and maintain it.
Lillard finished with 21 points, making 7 of 16 from the field.
McCollum had 21 points on 8-for-20 field-goal shooting.
Aminu had 11 of his 15 points to help Portland lead at halftime, 50-43.
The Blazers led 75-66 after three quarters, after building a 17-point advantage.
Orlando was able to make a late run and get to within 86-79 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. The score was 86-81 with three minutes to go, but Nurkic scored close to the basket and McCollum made a three-point play for a 91-81 edge at 2:10.
A 3-pointer pulled the Magic to within 91-84 with 1:50 left, and Orlando got two free throws with 44 seconds to play and climbed to within 91-86.
After McCollum made a couple of foul shots, Orlando got a layup, but Aminu took a full-court inbound pass for a dunk that made the score 95-88 with 22 seconds remaining.
Portland, which had defeated Miami on Saturday, will complete its five-game trip with visits to Charlotte at 4 p.m. PT Saturday and Minnesota at 5 p.m. PT Monday.