New addition Powell, McCollum assist Blazers drop Magic

Portland Path Blazers guard Norman Powell (24) celebrates a three-point shot towards the Orlando Magic throughout the first quarter at Amway Heart. Necessary Credit score: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports activities

Norman Powell made a right away impression in his first recreation with Portland as he and CJ McCollum every scored 22 factors to guide the Blazers to a 112-105 highway victory over the Magic on Friday night time in Orlando.

Taking part in with out Damian Lillard, who sat out the second of back-to-back video games with a bruised left knee, Powell shot 7-for-13 together with 5-for-7 from 3-point vary.

Powell was acquired by Portland on Thursday in a commerce with Toronto for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.

McCollum struggled from the sphere, taking pictures 8-for-26 and 2-for-11 from 3, however had seven assists and 5 rebounds.

Enes Kanter offered Portland with a lift off the bench, ending with 15 factors and 15 rebounds. Robert Covington added 15 factors, eight rebounds and 5 assists, and had a key putback and three-pointer throughout the last 5 minutes to assist Portland seal the win. Anfernee Simons additionally had 15 factors.

The Blazers hit 18 of 40 three-pointers and shot 47.1 % general.

Jusuf Nurkic performed 18 minutes and 31 seconds in his first recreation again from wrist surgical procedure and completed with eight factors and eight rebounds.

Orlando misplaced for the third time in its previous 4 video games and is 2-12 over its previous 14.

Orlando tied the sport at 94 with 6:31 left within the fourth. However the Blazers capitalized on a pair of Magic turnovers to attain seven consecutive factors and take the lead for good.

The Magic, who’re already taking part in shorthanded with centerpieces Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac out for the season with knee accidents, nonetheless didn’t have any of their 4 gamers they acquired earlier than Thursday’s commerce deadline (Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., Gary Harris or R.J. Hampton) accessible.

Orlando bought a balanced scoring effort nonetheless with six gamers scoring in double figures led by Chuma Okeke’s 22 factors.

Khem Birch totaled 14 factors and 15 rebounds. James Ennis III totaled 18 factors whereas Dwayne Bacon completed with 17 factors and 6 assists. Mo Bamba had 11 factors and Chasson Randle scored 10.


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