Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hornets, Blazers look for points from point guards

Hornets, Blazers look for points from point guards

Portland comes in with a 15-13 overall record and 12-13-3 ATS after a 95-88 victory Friday night at the Magic.

Aminu, who recorded 15 points and five rebounds Friday night, was a 32.3 percent long-range shooter in his career entering the season.

Orlando ranks 13th in fast break points per game (11.0) while Portland ranks 29th (5.1). Unlike Portland, Magic games have a slight tendency to go over the projected point total (51.7 percent).

Miami is nearing the end of a stretch in which it plays 17 of 24 games on the road, but the 102-95 home loss to the Blazers - who had lost five in a row and trailed by 16 points in the second half - will sting for a bit.

"It feels good (to be back) and I've been saying it all year and all my life: I love this game so much and I love being out there with my teammates", Gordon said (via the team's website). He also committed three turnovers, including two during the Magic's late-game run.

After starting just eight games as a rookie in limited time, Gordon has developed his game each season in the league. He finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

Vucevic and Jonathon Simmons have been playing well over the last five games for Orlando. "We've got to finish better". The point guard was too quick for Orlando's Elfrid Payton and created all four of his field goals off the dribble and got Payton to foul him on a 3-pointer. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.3 points and 6.1 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. The Magic took advantage of five Portland turnovers during the final quarter. "We had a lot of poor offensive possessions. Give (Orlando) a little bit of credit defensively, but we were turning the ball over".

Aminu had 11 of his 15 points to help Portland lead at halftime, 50-43.

The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with Orlando never getting closer than five.

Al-Farouq Aminu collected a long pass from McCollum and streaked away for a one-handed dunk with 23.0 seconds left.

The Trail Blazers have gone 7-3 against the Hornets since Lillard was drafted, although the clubs dueled on even terms last season, when both won at home. He played 25 minutes. For the season, Portland has defeated opponents by an average of 2.0 points. Isaac has missed 17 games with an ankle injury.

MAGIC: At Detroit on Sunday to face former coach Stan Van Gundy.

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