Big Half Lifts Magic Over Blazers
Orlando, Fla. — Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Portland Trail Blazers 95-85 on Tuesday night to stop a nine-game losing streak.
Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who led by just eight at the half but used scoring spurts in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and six assists.
Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The Blazers, who entered the night in fifth place in the West, have lost three straight. They were without forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower back contusion.
Cavaliers 102, Raptors 100
Cleveland — Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 as Cleveland prevented Toronto from getting closer to a playoff spot.
The Cavs blew a 21-point lead, but made just enough plays down the stretch to snap a five-game losing streak at home.
They did it without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained biceps tendon.
Kyle Lowry scored 22 for the Raptors, who had a chance to tie it in the final seconds but guard Greivis Vasquez lost his footing and committed a turnover with 1.9 seconds left.
Big Rematch on Tap
Miami — No one need tell the Miami Heat the importance of grabbing No. 1 seeds.
The Heat beat the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs in the final two rounds of last season’s playoffs by winning Game 7’s at home, a perk that came after finishing with the league’s top overall seed.
For Miami to get the top spot in the East again this season, a win at Indiana Wednesday night might be paramount.
Indiana has been atop the East since Nov. 4. A win tonight would put the Pacers three games up on Miami; a Heat victory would leave the teams tied in the loss column.