Overtime win gives Blazers 8 straight at home

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by Associated Press


Posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 8:49 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds, as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic their ninth straight loss with a 125-119, overtime victory on Monday night. Portland has won three straight and 11 of its last 14 games, including an eight game win streak at home.

Wesley Matthews finished with 24 points, including a dunk that all but sealed it with less than a minute to go in overtime. J.J. Hickson added 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season.

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The overtime win gives the Blazers five wins in overtime games this season. That makes them the second time in NBA history to win five in overtime just 34 games or less into a season.

Aldridge hit a layup and a free throw that put Portland ahead 112-108 with 3:38 in overtime. After the Magic tied it at 112 on J.J. Redick's hook shot, Blazers rookie Damian Lillard made a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead. Lillard added a floater to extend it, and Hickson had a fast-break dunk for a 118-112 lead. Matthews punctuated the run with his dunk and Portland cruised the rest of the way.

It was the opening of a four-game road trip for Orlando, which has been mired in injuries along with its losses. The team was again without power forward Glen Davis, who dislocated his left shoulder on Dec. 19 against Washington and has missed nine games. The Magic have not won a game without him. It was hoped that he may return at some points during the trip.

NOTES: The Blazers assigned guards Will Barton and Nolan Smith to their D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede. Orlando's Jameer Nelson had 12 assists, surpassing Scott Skiles as the Magic's all-time assists leader with 2,787.