Hill lifts Magic over Trail Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Grant Hill scored 16 points and hit the game-
winning shot with 0.3 seconds on the clock, as the Orlando Magic got their
sixth straight victory with a 91-89 win over the slumping Portland Trail
Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Hill converted a pair of foul shots with 29.7 seconds left to tie the score at
89 for Orlando. Juan Dixon’s jumper from the top of the key hit the front of
the rim, but Zach Randolph got the offensive rebound to allow Portland an
opportunity for the final shot.
However, Sergio Rodriguez cut around the lane and air-balled a runner, giving
the final possession to Orlando with 1.2 seconds left.
Hedo Turkoglu inbounded an alley-oop pass to Hill, who split two defenders
down the lane and softly laid the ball up with 0.3 seconds on the clock to win
“It was all Grant,”Turkoglu said. “He made a move and got open. I just had to
feed him the ball. I presented it to him and he put it up. It was a good catch
for him and a good win for us tonight. Back to back wins now, that’s good for
Dwight Howard posted 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who won back-to-
back games against Seattle and Portland for the first time in franchise
history. Turkoglu scored 13 points, and Darko Milicic, Trevor Ariza and Keyon
Dooling each added 10.
Randolph posted 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost
their fourth straight. Jarrett Jack scored 14 points and Travis Outlaw notched
13 points and eight boards.
“This is a game we should have won,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. “But
it comes down to listening and learning from it. We did a lot of good things
in the game but you have to know how to finish. You can look back and were
there were five or six possessions in which we either took bad shots or had
Orlando outscored Portland 26-22 in the first quarter and by three in the
second to lead 51-44 at halftime.
The Blazers trimmed two points off their deficit in the third to trail 72-67
heading into the fourth.
Orlando shot 37-for-75 (49.3 percent) from the field, while Portland finished
32-for-78 (41 percent). The Blazers shot a dismal 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from
beyond the arc, but Orlando didn’t do much better at 3-for-11 (27.3 percent).
Orlando has won four of its last 11 at Portland…The Magic are scheduled to
host Portland on February 14 in the second and final meeting of the season
between the clubs.