Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
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Game 2: Friday, January 13th
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Trail Blazers 89

(4-7, 1-5 away)

Magic 104

(5-6, 3-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 25, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 35 18 16 2089
    ORL 27 29 25 23104

    Top Performers

    Por: J. Przybilla 15 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    Orl: D. Howard 21 Pts, 18 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nelson, Howard lead Magic past Trail Blazers

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic finally had an easy win.

    Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 24 points and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 18 rebounds Friday night as the Magic beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-89.

    The Magic won by double digits for the first time this season and matched their season-high win streak at two games.

    "We've been working on just burying a team when we have a big lead and not letting them breathe, and we finally did that tonight," Howard said.

    Portland, ranked 28th out of 30 teams in scoring this season, had a season-high 35 points and an eight-point lead after the first quarter, but the Magic limited the Blazers to 54 points the rest of the game.

    "I told our guys after the first quarter that giving up 35 points to the 28th-ranked offense in the league is totally unacceptable," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "Fortunately, we buckled down some, quit letting their guards penetrate so easily and things got a lot better."

    The Trail Blazers got 23 points from Darius Miles and a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds from center Joel Przybilla, but the team's second-leading scorer, Zach Randolph, had only eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. Portland has lost four of five.

    "Our concern is on the offensive side of the ball, with guys getting touches," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "Zach couldn't get anything to fall and it was like a lot of our guys, when the offense doesn't fall, we don't defend. The bottom line is we didn't play good basketball."

    Nelson came off the bench in the second quarter and scored 10 points to spark Orlando to a 21-4 run to start the period and erase Portland's lead. The Magic led by as many as 10 in the period before settling for a 56-53 halftime lead.

    "Jameer doesn't force the offense," Hill said. "I don't think he ever puts his game ahead of the other people on the floor and that's an important thing for a guard."

    Portland's Sebastian Telfair, who had 20 points, eight assists and no turnovers, started the second half with a driving layup to cut the deficit to 56-55, but the Trail Blazers never could overtake Orlando in the second half.

    Orlando's guards combined to shoot 23-of-36 from the floor, and forward Hedo Turkoglu added 15 points and three 3-pointers. Steve Francis had a season-high nine assists to go with 16 points.

    "What I really liked about our offensive execution was that our guards kept everyone organized," Hill said. "We were patient and took good shots. Plus, we started to defend better and that was really the difference." ^Notes:@ Magic G Keyon Dooling left the game with 7:46 left in the second period with a heel injury. He did not return. ... The Magic activated Stacey Augmon for the first time this season. Augmon missed the first 10 games with a hernia injury. ... Portland is in the middle of a seven-game road trip. The Trail Blazers are 1-3 thus far. ... Magic F Turkoglu had a streak of 21 straight free throws end when he missed a technical early in the fourth quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 104
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 46-87 (.529)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 8-11 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-29 19-49
    Assists 20 22
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 8 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 18

    Top Performers

    Joel Przybilla Przybilla
    Points: 15
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 21
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1