Turkoglu, Magic down Blazers
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and Darko
Milicic had a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando
Magic to a 103-91 thumping of the Portland Trail Blazers at Amway Arena.
All-Star Dwight Howard, a Slam Dunk Contest participant this weekend, had 20
points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who enter the All-Star break having won
two of three. Carlos Arroyo tallied 15 points with seven assists for Orlando,
which has moved back over the .500 mark with a 27-26 mark.
Zach Randolph had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Portland, which enters the
break having dropped two straight. Brandon Roy had 19 points for the Blazers,
who ended a four-game road trip 2-2.
The Magic started to build a lead late in the second quarter. Down 35-34,
Orlando ran off 13 straight points to take a double-digit lead. Milicic
starred during the latter part of the surge, scoring the final seven points
for a 47-35 lead with 1 1/2 minutes left in the half.
After cruising into the break with a 52-39 advantage, Orlando continued to
pull away in the third quarter. Turkoglu’s three-pointer two minutes into
action gave Orlando a 17-point cushion, 57-40.
Turkoglu ended hitting 10-of-16 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 from
The Magic later increased their lead to as many as 19 points, 79-60, and
coasted into the fourth with that same margin, 81-62.
A pair of Milicic free throws early in the fourth gave Orlando its first 20-
point lead, 83-62, and the Magic cruised to the finish.
Milicic hit all nine of his free throw attempts for the Magic, who improved to
7-0 against Northwest Division teams this season. Orlando hit 17-of-18 free
throws in the game.
Orlando swept the season series from Portland, having won the only other game
91-89 at Portland on December 1…The Magic has won four of the last five
against the Blazers…The Magic improved to 18-10 at home…Portland fell to
10-18 on the road…The Blazers enter the break with a 22-32 record…Howard
and Milicic had two blocks each…Howard has 36 double-doubles this season.