Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Magic, 95-88

Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Magic, 95-88

The Trail Blazers made 20 of their 23 free throws (87.0 percent), while the Heat had a turnover percentage of 15.4 (above the 11.9 mark opponents have averaged against Portland this season). Al-Farouq Aminu added 15 points and five rebounds.

Lillard is an exceptional pick-and-roll point guard, and was as a Blazers rookie; it took a while longer for Kemba Walker to develop all the different skills.

He entered Friday's game as the team's leading scorer on the season, with the team sitting 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Portland led 50-43 at halftime.

Two of the premier point guards in the National Basketball Association go head-to-head Saturday night when the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Charlotte Hornets. The game finished with a total of 193 points, which was 21 points below the projected point total of 214 points. The last time these teams met, January 31st 2017, Portland beat Charlotte 115-98.

Orlando trailed by 17 with just over seven minutes left in the game, but cut it to five with three minutes to go before the rally petered out.

But after 25 minutes and 13 points Friday, Gordon was removed from the game with a calf strain.

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This is the second game of back-to-backs for both teams.

The Portland bench, paced by Meyers Leonard (12 points) and Moe Harkless (10), outscored their Charlotte counterparts 55-41.

The Trail Blazers rank 11th in points allowed in the paint per game (42.4) while the Magic rank 28th (49.4). Overall, he has 24 double-doubles in 29 career games versus Portland.

Lillard had 13 points in the third quarter when Portland slipped away from the Magic.

In their last five games, Portland is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs. Dwight Howard tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds.

During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 99.6 points per game (7.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.2 points per game (3.4 below their season average). The Magic are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

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