Portland Trail Blazers

Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers cruise to victory over Magic behind Lillard's 36

Portland Trail Blazers

The Orlando Magic got out to a slow start against the Trail Blazers Friday night. The Magic shot just 18.5 percent from the field through the first 12 minutes of action.

With the Magic’s poor shooting first quarter, the Blazers jumped out to a 31-13 lead.

However, the second quarter was all Magic, all the time.   

Portland’s second unit had a tough time slowing down Orlando’s bench, and had an even harder time scoring themselves.

The Blazers then clamped down in the third quarter and cruised to their third straight victory.


Here are three quick takeaways from Friday’s win:

1.  Lillard doing it all

Damian Lillard showed of his offensive versatility against the Magic -- three-pointers, floaters, finishing at the rim. Lillard’s efficient night from the floor helped Portland take care of business. 

2. Melo goes out with knee contusion 

The Trail Blazers announced as the second half came to an end that Carmelo Anthony is questionable to return with a left knee contusion.

He played the first nine minutes of the game, logging five points and six rebounds. At the 8:14 mark of the second quarter, Melo was seen limping after he took a three-pointer from the corner.  

3.  McCollum carries scoring load with Melo out

The Blazers got a boost from CJ McCollum in the second half. After scoring 11 points in the first half, McCollum went on a tear after the break. McCollum was also aggressive on the glass. He tallied eight rebounds on the night.  


Up Next: The Trail Blazers host the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night with Portland playing in its second leg of a back-to-back. The Blazers and T-Wolves will tip-off at 7:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App.

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!