Magic sinks the Blazers

With four losses in their last five games, Portland took on the Magic in the middle of a losing “road trip” at the Sacramento side last night. It was the perfect opportunity for the Blazers to revive at home after a 7-game losing streak on the road, but it was Orlando who came away with a win in Oregon (109-106).

Franz Wagner (29 points) and Wendell Carter Jr. (20 points, 10 rebounds) were really the spearheads of the conquering Magic, who, above all, knew how to resist the extreme comeback of the Blazers, who went from -8 minutes to 3 minutes. 24 seconds at -1 from the end, especially thanks to Anfernee Simons, then Damian Lillard.

So in a bad patch, Portland began its four-game home streak with a loss to Orlando, which won the second night of back-to-back (8 attempts) for the first time this season.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

The Blazers are chasing the score. Back-to-back, everywhere at 50 at halftime, the fates of the two teams were opposite. In this case, after having to make up for their initial deficit in the first quarter (-13), the Blazers were trapped on their way back from the locker room. They let the Magic go on a 13-0 run in the third quarter, forcing them to chase scores throughout the second half. Their comeback in the final three minutes came up short in the end.

Portland is still unaddressed. Symbolic of their play, the Blazers had three chances on the final possession, all three 3-pointers. And all three were running! Jerami Grant, then Jusuf Nurkic, then Anfernee Simons couldn’t close out the extension. But before that, Portland ate the paper at address from a distance with a tiny 6/35 for 17%…

TOPS/FLOPS

Franz Wagner. He was more aggressive against the Blazers, holding just 16 points in a subdued loss at Sacramento the day before. The German winger finished with 29 points, a very accurate 12/20 from shots and, above all, 15 of his team’s 27 points in the final quarter!

✅ ⛔ Damian Lillard. He almost made it late in the game again, scoring 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, including five in the final minutes to nearly tie the game. But, like his team, Damian Lillard lacked the ability to compete from long range (2/12 from 3-point range).

✅ ⛔ Paolo Banchero. The Seattle native was clearly motivated to return to Northwestern, and he still finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. But his 5/16 shots prove that he has spent some time finishing.

Jeremy Grant. A rookie big for the Blazers this season, he’s off to a strong start, but the veteran winger is starting to tire. Currently in the trough of the wave, he has chained a third straight game of 22 points with 16 points. Even worse, he remains 1/17 from 3-point range during that time…

NEXT

Orlando (15-26) : Continuation of the trip with a trip to Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Portland (19-20) : Cavs host, Friday.

Portland / 106 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
J. Grant 41 8/19 0/6 0/0 2 4 6 1 5 1 2 3 -5 16 14
J. Nurkic 31 7/14 1/4 7/9 4 6 10 1 5 4 5 2 -10 22 25
D. Lillard 39 12/25 2/12 4/4 1 3 4 5 0 1 3 0 -13 30 24
J. Hart 33 3/5 0/2 1/1 6 7 13 5 5 2 1 0 -1 7 24
A. Simons 43 6/16 2/9 1/1 0 1 1 7 0 1 1 1 -1 15 14
D. Eubanks 17 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 4 1 3 0 2 1 +7 6 10
J Walker 7 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 +4 0 3
G. Payton II 15 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 0 -2 2 4
K. Johnson 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -2 0 0
S. Sharpe 15 3/5 1/2 1/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +8 8 6
42/87 6/35 16/19 13 30 43 22 22 10 16 7 106 124
Orlando / 109 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
P. Banchero 38 5/16 1/5 8/10 0 10 10 2 2 3 5 1 +7 19 17
F. Wagner 34 12/20 2/5 3/4 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0 +14 29 24
W. Carter Jr. 31 7/11 3/4 3/4 1 9 10 3 3 0 3 1 +12 20 26
Mr. Fultz 37 7/8 0/0 4/4 1 2 3 7 1 1 3 0 +7 18 25
G. Harris 30 2/5 0/3 0/0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 +19 4 2
C. Houston 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1
Mr. Wagner 17 4/7 3/4 0/0 1 1 2 1 4 0 2 0 -9 11 9
C. Anthony 25 2/6 0/0 2/3 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 -15 6 6
T. Ross 15 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 -16 0 3
J. Suggs 11 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 0 -4 2 5
40/78 9/24 20/25 6 29 35 19 20 10 16 2 109 116

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