The Portland Trail Blazers survived their second consecutive scare by defeating the struggling Orlando Magic in overtime 125-119 at the Rose Garden, winning their eighth straight game at home. With this win, the Trail Blazers (19-15) are 10-2 when the game is decided by six or fewer points and are 5-0 in overtime games this season. "We believe that we can win," Nicolas Batum said. "We got confidence that we can get the job done. We don't quit. We keep fighting."
The game was tied at 108 and the Trail Blazers had a chance to win the game in regulation with 8.9 seconds left. Damian Lillard got the ball off of an in-bounds pass and milked the clock before taking a tough contested step-back three that missed, sending the game into overtime. From there, the Trail Blazers dominated the over time period 17-11. It was a good game, Lillard said. We don't want to go to overtime every time, but we'll take the win. Both teams shot the ball extremely well for the game: Blazers shot 51 percent and the Magic shot 48 percent.
LaMarcus Aldridge had it going early, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds,and five assist. JJ Hickson picked up his 20th double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Wesley Matthews contributed 23 points and Lillard put up 18 points and 10assist. NicolasBatum added 16 points, 10 assist, and four rebounds. Four Trail Blazers finished with double-doubles, something that hasn't been done in the NBA all season.
JJ Redick exploded off the bench for the Magic going for 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Arron Afflalo poured in 24 points. Jameer Nelson had 21 points and 11 assist. The Magic (12-21) have lost nine straight. The Trail Blazers have two days off before they welcome in the defending champ Miami Heat. This team has been counted out all year, why not a win against the Heat? "People still don't believe, so we just got to prove people wrong," Batum said. We'll see what happens.