It hasn’t been the easiest road trip out to the west coast for the Orlando Magic, as a confidence building win over the Los Angeles Lakers was followed up by a heartbreaking loss to the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant’s 49 points proved to be too much a couple nights ago and Portland has its own plans on who would be its focal point player to go to when Orlando came into town Wednesday night.

The Trail Blazers (13-8) would get their breakout performance from point guard Damian Lillard, who ended up scoring 41 points and guiding Portland to a 115-112 victory over the Magic at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Orlando has now dropped four of its last five games and still has visits to Phoenix and Miami upcoming on the road trip.

”We have to play with more physicality, especially on the rebounding. We did a good job getting stops, we just didn’t get the rebound,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. ”We have to change that and play with a lot more intensity.”

Issues playing with intensity and physicality haven’t been a problem for Vucevic, who led the team with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists on the night. Seven players ended up scoring in double digits for Orlando (10-12), including shooting guard Evan Fournier (17 points).

The Trail Blazers were stellar from 3-point land going 19-of-39 (49 percent) and the Magic weren’t too bad themselves going 14-of-30 (47 percent). Second-year forward Jonathan Isaac had a nice night and scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

”We’ve got to get better. C’mon. You play that offensive game against that team, in this arena, you gotta win that game,” Orlando Magic year coach Steve Clifford said.

The Magic will be back in action on tomorrow night when they face the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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