Magic lose again, fall in overtime to Portland

The Orlando Sentinel

PORTLAND, Ore. — Same old story for the Orlando Magic.

Yet another excruciating loss.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 125-119 overtime win over the Magic on Monday night in front of a frenzied announced crowd of 19,560 at the Rose Garden.

Trailing by three, Jameer Nelson sank a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds in regulation to tie the score 108-108. Portland’s Damian Lillard missed a 3 on the ensuing possession, and Aldridge couldn’t get a tip-in to fall, sending the game into overtime.

But Portland responded in overtime. With the score tied 112-112, the Trail Blazers scored 10 consecutive points to take control.

Orlando now has lost nine consecutive games, its longest losing streak since it lost 13 in a row March 13-April 10, 2004.

The Magic led by 11 points early in the third quarter and took a four-point lead with 4:55 to go but let both leads slip away.

J.J. Redick scored 29 points for Orlando, while Arron Afflalo added 24.

Nelson broke Scott Skiles’ franchise career assists record midway through the first quarter and finished with 21 points on 7-of-21 shooting and 12 assists.