With most of the starting lineup returning for Orlando Sunday night, they were finally able to get a win after 12 straight losses. With the 110-104 victory the Magic ended their longest losing streak since 2004. A number of players were integral towards the final result.
Nik Vucevic continued his outstanding play as he scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. A player that will be joining him in the Rising Stars Challenge, Andrew Nicholson had 14 points. In total the Magic had six players in double figures. J.J. Redick returned to the bench role and dropped 22 points, hitting 9 of his 13 shots. Jameer Nelson had a double double scoring 10 points, after heating up late, to go along with his 15 assists. Afflalo had 14 points, still struggling to get going after returning from his injury. The big surprise of the night was Gustavo Ayon. His double double off the bench really fueled the Magic to victory. He tied a career high with 16 points to go with 11 rebounds and six assists. The final nail in the coffin that secured the victory for Orlando was J.J. Redick hitting a three pointer with 1:29 left to give the Magic a 106-95 lead.
Portland played well most of the night but could not stop Orlando from scoring. They shot over 50% from the field and had every player that entered the game score. They were led by three players throughout the night, and almost carried them to victory. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 25 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists. Wesley Matthews had 17 of his own, but Nicolas Batum really put the team on his back. He had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Magic led in multiple statistical categories that are necessary to get a win in the NBA. The Magic outscored Portland 60-46 in the paint. Even more important was their advantage rebounding throughout the night. The Magic out-rebounded Portland 50-38.
Orlando takes the court again Wednesday night at home against the Atlanta Hawks at 7:00 p.m. ET in their last game before the all-star break.