The Magic were too determined to lose this one.
Not after going through 12 games of bitter disappointment and strong play let down by momentary lapses. Not after seeing so many guys go down to injury and so many leads dissipate or margins grow.
The losing streak has been frustrating to watch. The Magic have had opportunities slip away and the team was clearly not satisfied with the results. Orlando finally put everything together and finally got off the schneid.
An energetic effort from Kyle O'Quinn and Gustavo Ayon off the bench and the spirited return of J.J. Redick to the lineup buoyed the Magic to a 13-point lead in the first half and a lead throughout the entire second half. Orlando had the ball moving and defended well, putting everything together for a 110-104 win over Portland at Amway Center on Sunday night.