Trail Blazers hand Magic 6th straight loss 10392

first_imgPORTLAND — The Trail Blazers looked as though they would run away with a blowout. But they still needed a furious finish to vanquish the Orlando Magic. Behind 25 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and some late-game heroics from Wesley Matthews, the Blazers defeated the Magic 103-92 Saturday.Aldridge seemed like the only Blazer who had it going consistently much of the night. “He’s usually a stabilizing influence and he was that when he was on the court,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said of his All-Star. “We had to play him at the 5 a little bit tonight to give a different look, and he was effective with that.” Matthews scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter along with four of his eight rebounds and two steals that led to baskets. His best play was a steal on Orlando’s Victor Oladipo which gave him a chance for a 3-point play. “He came up with those and those are big momentum plays, big fourth-quarter plays,” Stotts said of Matthews’ defense.“That’s what he does for us,” said Damian Lillard of Matthews. “He does it every night. He plays hard, he’s a soldier and that’s what we’re used to. Tonight was him doing that once again.”Lillard had a rough night, going 3-of-10 from the field. But as usual he saved his best for the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period.last_img