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Magic vs. Trail Blazers four-factors analysis

Orlando entered Sunday's win against Portland on a 12-game losing streak. How did the Magic break it?

LaMarcus Aldridge and Jameer Nelson
LaMarcus Aldridge and Jameer Nelson

The Orlando Magic topped the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, 110-104, to end their 12-game losing streak. After resting for three games to recover from a sore right shoulder, J.J. Redick scored 22 points off the bench to lead Orlando, while Nikola Vučević, Gustavo Ayón, and Jameer Nelson all added double-doubles. The victory came despite Portland getting 25 points from All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Trail Blazers 94.7 109.8 56.6% 12.0 13.2 14.8
Magic 94.7 116.1 53.2% 11.8 34.0 10.6
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

The Magic prevailed on the strength of their interior game. Ayón and Vučević combined for 30 rebounds, helping Orlando outrebound Portland by a 50-38 margin and to hold a 60-46 edge in paint points.

Though rookie point guard Damian Lillard missed 15 of his 16 shot attempts, Portland shot 50.3 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. But Orlando mitigated its defensive shortcomings by taking care of the ball (10 turnovers for 10 Portland points) and by shooting efficiently inside the three-point line.

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