Nicolas Batum leads Portland to victory
Nicolas Batum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic their fifth straight loss with a 110-94 victory Wednesday night.
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Orlando Magic its fifth straight loss with a 110-94 victory Wednesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge kept Portland in it despite a sluggish start and finished with 36 points and nine rebounds. The Blazers, who came in having lost four of their past six, avoided a season-high three-game losing streak.
Portland was coming off a 123-119 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday night. Damian Lillard had a career-high 41 points in the defeat, but was held to 11 against the Magic.
After struggling to pull ahead in the third quarter, Mo Williams hit a three-pointer and Thomas Robinson made a layup to give the Blazers a 90-82 lead with just over six minutes left.
Aldridge made consecutive jumpers, Lillard added a three-pointer and Portland took a 97-87 lead. Batum extended it with a jumper.
Batum got his 10th rebound with less than a minute left and many in the crowd gave him a standing ovation. He also had a triple-double in a victory over San Antonio on Nov. 2.
Arron Afflalo had 22 points for the Magic, which was coming off a 101-81 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night to open a five-game road trip.
• Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School added 26 and the host Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Boston Celtics 111-105 to improve to 16-3 at home. Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma scored 24 points for the Celtics.
• Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the host Brooklyn Nets’ season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win that snapped the Golden State Warriors’ 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history. Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 14 points for Golden State.
• James Harden tied a season high with 38 points and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 rebounds to propel the host Houston Rockets to a 113-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard got his first win against his former team as the Rockets used a big third-quarter run to send the Lakers to their third straight loss.
• The NBA fined New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith $50,000 for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” after he tried to untie an opponent’s sneaker for a second time in two games.
• The trade of Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers was completed. The Bulls acquired center Andrew Bynum’s salary cap-friendly contract and future draft picks.