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The Magic dropped their ninth straight game on Monday.

Nikola Vučević, J.J. Hickson, and Josh McRoberts
Nikola Vučević, J.J. Hickson, and Josh McRoberts
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The Orlando Magic's losing streak reached nine games Monday night in their overtime defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers. The game turned into a shootout in the third quarter, when the Trail Blazers erupted for 37 points on 15-of-20 shooting to erase what had been a nine-point Magic lead.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Magic 100.9 117.9 55.4% 17.2 15.4 9.9
Trail Blazers 100.9 123.8 55.3% 22.3 26.8 8.9
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

Orlando did plenty of things right in the loss, but one key factor was its failure to keep the game competitive on the boards. Portland held a 44-36 edge on the glass, thanks largely to the efforts of J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge, who hauled in 15 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Portland's plus-seven advantage in second-chance points was one of the key differences in the game.

The Blazers' biggest advantage came inside, where they outscored the visitors, 60-44, and shot 65.2 percent.

For the fifth consecutive game, Orlando's opponent committed a turnover on fewer than 10 percent of its possessions. The Magic's inability to get stops, either by forcing a missed shot or a turnover, has proven costly in the nine-game skid.

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