Nicolas Batum finished with 14 points, and also added 14 assists and 10 rebounds to post a triple-double while helping the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Orlando Magic, 110-94. The Trail Blazers shot 45-95 (47.4%) from the field and turned it over on only seven possessions. Portland (27-9) picked up the win after falling to Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
Batum shot 6-14, including 2-6 from three-point range. Other top contributors for Portland included LaMarcus Aldridge with 36 points and 9 rebounds, and Damian Lillard with 11 points and 7 rebounds. On 7-14 shooting (2-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line, Arron Afflalo put up 22 points for Orlando in the loss. Glen Davis chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds and Tobias Harris finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.86. This year, they are 4-1 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Magic are 1-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
Orlando (10-25) has now lost five consecutive games.
Coming up, the Trail Blazers play the Boston Celtics, who are 13-22 on the season. The Magic match up against the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 11-22 this year. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Boston this season. The Magic are 0-1 versus Sacramento this season.