Orlando holds off PortlandJan 12, 2012 - 9:01 AM Portland, OR (Sports Network) - J.J. Redick scored 17 points and made four key free throws down the stretch, helping the Orlando Magic hold off the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-104.
Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson had 16 points apiece for the Magic, who have won the first two games of a four-game road trip.
Jason Richardson added 15 points for Orlando, which snapped a three-game skid against Portland. Dwight Howard donated 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Magic shot 58.6 percent from the field and went 16-for-27 from beyond the arc.
"Our ball movement was the best it has been this year," Magic head coach Steve Van Gundy said. "Our energy was outstanding."
Jamal Crawford ended with 24 points and five assists for the Blazers, who suffered their first home loss of the season (6-1). LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 23 points and eight boards.
Trailing 90-70 early in the fourth, the Blazers ripped off 10 straight points to make things interesting.
Down 94-80 with 7:13 to play, Portland put together a 13-2 burst. Aldridge's jumper with 2:38 remaining cut the gap to 96-93.
But the Magic responded with a 6-0 flurry to build a 102-93 cushion with 1:08 left.
Gerald Wallace, Crawford and Wesley Matthews made it close again with three straight layups, cutting the gap to 102-99 with 32.1 seconds to go.
After Richardson made 1-of-2 from the foul line, Crawford made a layup to make it a 103-101 game with 20.9 ticks remaining.
Redick went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final seconds to seal Orlando's victory.
"When you play so hard like that, there are good things in your team's future," said Crawford. "We didn't throw in the towel at all. We continued to fight and continued to play hard."
Orlando came out of the gates on fire, starting the game on a 13-2 run. The Magic went on to make four three-pointers in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first quarter to take a 36-22 lead.
An Anderson three-pointer and five straight points from Glen Davis gave the Magic a 44-24 margin early in the second period. Orlando made five shots from beyond the arc in the frame en route to a 62-50 halftime lead.
Nelson, Turkoglu and Anderson made three straight three-pointers midway through the third quarter for a 79-58 edge. Howard added a slam to make it a 23-point game with 5:56 to go.
The Magic took an 85-68 lead into the fourth.
The Blazers shot 47.7 percent from the field and went 10-for-25 from beyond the arc...The Magic turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 24 Portland points...Orlando outrebounded the Blazers by a 42-32 margin...Wallace had 15 points and five assists.
- ORLANDO: 107
Jan 12 12:25 AM
- ORLANDO: 85
End of 3rd
Jan 11 11:45 PM
- ORLANDO: 62
Jan 11 11:07 PM
- ORLANDO: 36
End of 1st
Jan 11 10:36 PM
- ORLANDO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Jan 11 10:13 PM
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