Payton lifts Magic over Blazers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Elfrid Payton had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with 111-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Victor Oladipo and Nik Vucevic each added 22 points.
The triple-double was the second straight for Payton. He became the first Magic player to post consecutive triple-doubles and the first NBA rookie to do it since Antoine Walker, with the Boston Celtics in 1997.
Orlando led by as many as 13 before the Blazers fought back to take an 86-83 lead early in the fourth quarter. But the Magic responded with a 20-8 spurt to help close out the win.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Lillard added 18 for the Blazers, who have lost three straight, with matchups against Western Conference front-runners Memphis and Golden State up next.
Portland played the second half without Chris Kaman, who sat with a right shoulder strain. They got by without him as they fought their way back into the game.
The Magic scored the first basket of the third quarter before a 14-4 run by Portland — including 10 straight by Aldridge — pushed the Blazers in front for the first time.
The Magic didn't go away, though, and took a 103-94 lead on a jumper by Channing Frye to effectively end the Blazers' final rally in the fourth.
The Magic led the entire first half, building as much as a 13-point advantage. Payton was the workhorse, scoring 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting, to go along with six assists and four steals.
But Orlando's lead was whittled down to just two by halftime after Lillard scored 14 points of his own — all in the second quarter.
The Blazers were also steady at the free-throw line, connecting on 15 of their 16 attempts in the half.
Trail Blazers: Were outscored in the paint by the Magic 54-42, and outrebounded 50-44.
Magic: Dewayne Dedmon (sprained left ankle), Evan Fournier (sore right hip), Willie Green (lower back spasms), Tobias Harris (sprained left ankle) and Devyn Marble (left eye) all sat out.
Trail Blazers: At Memphis today.
Magic: Host Denver on Sunday.