Trail Blazers beat Magic 125-119 in overtiPosted by Inside Hoops
Wesley Matthews thinks the Trail Blazers are better suited for overtime.
That made it tough on the Orlando Magic, who were handed their ninth straight loss in Portland’s 125-119 overtime victory on Monday night. The Blazers have won all five of their games that have gone into extra periods this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Matthews finished with 24 points - including a dunk that all but sealed it with less than a minute left.
Both teams were clearly exhausted by the end.
”It’s alright. We’ll take it,” Matthews said. ”For whatever reason, this team is built for overtime. I’d rather not go into it, I’d rather win it in regulation. But we dug deep.”
J.J. Hickson added 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season for the Blazers, who have won three straight overall and 11 of their last 14 games.
It was Portland’s eighth straight win at the Rose Garden.
Nicolas Batum, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists, said Portland’s OT successes are a credit to how well the players have come to know each other.
– Reported by Anne M. Peterson of the Associated Press