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It has been almost a month since the Magic have put a win on the board. Orlando finally snapped out of its funk against Portland, which dipped to one game below .500 on Sunday night.
The Magic kept themselves together by out-rebounding the Trail Blazers 50-38, but more importantly, they snagged 17 offensive rebounds and scored 15 second-chance points, which ultimately gave them the edge.
In the first quarter, Orlando's offense fizzled and shot 38.5 percent, and it trailed by as much as 11 points. The Magic then picked up the slack during the second quarter where they outscored the Trail Blazers, 33-23. That second-quarter boost allowed the Magic to take control of the game and never look back.
You could say the Trail Blazers lost the game due to inefficient 3-point shooting (10-of-27).
But Orlando ought to give a big thanks to J.J. Redick who not not only lifted the bench with his scoring, but led five other Magic players with 22 points. That's great for a guy who missed his last three games coming off a sore right shoulder.
Jameer Nelson who was held scoreless in the first half alongside Arron Afflalo. Nelson had a dreadful shooting night, but that didn't stop him from making the extra pass. He has always been criticized for not being a pass-first point guard; instead he dished out a career-high 15 of the team's 34 assists and scored 10 points. Afflalo finished with 14 points.
Nik Vucevic and Gustavo Ayón took care of their frontcourt duties by scooping the boards. The two combined for 30 rebounds and where they both locked in double-doubles and scored 17 and 16 points, respectively.
The Magic will play their last game before the All-Star Break on Wednesday against their division rivals, the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m.