Orlando could not get stops and could not be stopped. That was the kind of game it was at the Rose Garden.
Several players took turns just carrying the Magic offense and getting the ball moving. Arron Afflalo had his way in the first quarter. Josh McRoberts and J.J. Redick had it going in the second quarter. Redick got it going in the fourth again. Then Jameer Nelson closed things out in the fourth quarter.
If it were not for a Portland offensive onslaught and poor defense from Orlando this could ahve been the kind of offensive game that wakes the team up from its recent losing skid.
Defense does matter though. The Magic gave up 75 percent shooting in the third quarter to let the Trail Blazers back into the game. They then found themselves in a track meet. And that was just not something Orlando was going to win. Not on the road. Not relying on the same five players for the final quarter and overtime with little rest.
The Magic, who...