Lillard scores 41, Blazers hold off Magic 122-119

Orlando Magic center Goga Biitadze, left, reaches in as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian...
Orlando Magic center Goga Biitadze, left, reaches in as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, goes for he ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.(Kevin Kolczynski | AP Photo/Kevin Kolczynski)
Published: Mar. 5, 2023 at 6:34 PM PST
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored eight of his 41 points from the foul line in the final three minutes Sunday night to the lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-119 win over the Orlando Magic.

Jerami Grant added 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers and Cam Reddish added 16 points.

Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 26 points. Franz Wagner added 24, and Markelle Fultz finished with 15 points, eight assists and four steals.

Two 3-pointers by Lillard and one by Shaedon Sharpe filled a run late in the third quarter that broke an 83-all tie and left Portland with a nine-point lead, the largest of the game.

The Magic did not catch up until Fultz drove for a layup to tie it at 113 with 58 seconds left.

Nassir Little answered with a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, and the rest of the game was all free throws.

Portland led 58-56 after a first half in which Banchero made all seven of his shots and scored 16 points.

Lillard scored 14 points in the first half and missed all six of his 3-point attempts.


Blazers: Lillard (17 for 20) missed more than one free throw for the first time since Jan. 25. In the 16-game interim he shot 168 for 176 (95.5%). ... G Anfernee Simons missed a second game with a sprained right ankle. ... C Jusuf Nurkic missed a 13th game with a strained left calf.

Magic: C Wendell Carter Jr. (left hip pain) and G Gary Harris (hip) did not play. ... The Magic played for the first time at home since losing F Jonathan Isaac to season-ending surgery on a torn adductor muscle. Isaac played 124 minutes in 11 games after missing 2 1/2 seasons due to knee injuries.


Blazers: Play at Detroit on Monday night.

Magic: Play at home against Milwaukee on Tuesday night. ___

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