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Magic 110, Trail Blazers 104

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ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic snapped their 12-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-104, Sunday night at the Amway Center.

Reserve J.J. Redick, returning after a three-game absence with a sore shoulder, led the Magic with 22 points and five assists. Center Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Portland was led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 25 points and six rebounds. Guard Damian Lillard, leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, struggled throughout the game and made only one of 16 shots for four points.

The Magic (15-36) took the lead early in the second quarter and never trailed, holding a 50-38 rebound advantage.

The Blazers (25-26) lost their third consecutive game, further dimming their hopes of working into the Western Conference playoff picture.

Orlando's Gustavo Ayon had 16 points and 11 rebounds, just his second double-double of the season. He added a career-high six assists, giving the Magic an unexpected lift.

The Magic led by as many as 13 points early in the second half, but Aldridge pulled the Blazers back into the game with 12 points in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 79-72 going into the final period.

The Magic led, 55-49, at intermission, riding a hot start from their reserves. Redick had 15 points and little-used Ayon had 10 points in the first half. Ayon also had an uncharacteristic four assists in those first two quarters. He scored the Magic's last three baskets of the half.

The Magic held a 28-19 rebound edge in the first half. The Blazers led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter. The Magic led by nine points in the second.

Lillard, who was averaging 18 points, missed all six of his first half field goal attempts. He was even worse in the second half. Aldridge made only three of his 10 shots before intermission.

NOTES: Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson was selected Sunday to replace injured Andre Drummond of Detroit in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. Nicholson will be joining Magic teammate Nikola Vucevic, but they will be on opposing teams because of the rookie vs. sophomore format. Nicholson had planned to spend All-Star Weekend at the beach. ... Nicholson, the 19th pick of the 2012 draft from St. Bonaventure, has averaged 7.6 points, but he leads the Magic in points per 48 minutes with 23.8 ppg. ... Portland's Damian Lillard, from Weber State, has been the most highly-decorated rookie in the NBA this season and will be watched closely during All-Star Weekend. Lillard became the first player in NBA history to score 900-plus points and make 100-plus 3-pointers in his first 50 NBA games. He came into Sunday's game averaging a rookie-high 18.4 points, having won Rookie of the Month honors in the Western Conference in November, December and January. ... The Blazers are 9-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better. ... Vucevic has had nine or more rebounds in 29 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA. ... Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge is the NBA's only player averaging at least 21 points and nine rebounds. ... Orlando's J.J. Redick returned to action Sunday after missing the previous three games with a sore right shoulder.
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