Magic's Aaron Gordon will play against the Trail Blazers

Aaron Gordon Will Return Tonight vs. Blazers

The Blazers took their first lead of the game, 89-88, at 6:10 of the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Ed Davis.

Up 79-70 heading into the fourth, that's when the wheels effectively flew off the train. By the end, the Heat were practically unrecognizable from the team fans had enjoyed in the first half, and failed to put up much of a fight at all in the game's final moments. Eastern Conference opponents, with five of those 11 wins coming against Central Division rivals.

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Back on November 15, the Magic sprinted to a 14-point second-quarter lead on the Blazers, but they lost that lead before halftime and ultimately had to settle for a 99-94 defeat in Portland.

Miami scored 33 points in the first quarter but only 35 in the second half. The Pacers outscored Detroit 19-5 during the final eight minutes and had a chance to take the lead on Myles Turner's 3-point attempt with less than 30 seconds left, but the shot fell short and Detroit grabbed the rebound.

The Pistons led by as many as 14 points during the first half, but IN managed to keep it interesting, closing out the final four minutes of the first half with a 21-9 scoring run that gave the Pacers a 54-52 lead at halftime. Van Gundy has compiled a 500-354 record over 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association, which includes prior stints with the Heat and Magic. For the season, Portland has defeated opponents by an average of 2.0 points.

Shabazz Napier, who was teammates with Walker on Connecticut's NCAA Tournament-winning team in 2011, has seen spot duty in his previous games against him and the Hornets, totaling 18 points in seven games while shooting six of 21 and averaging less than 12 minutes.

Portland scored the final seven points, shutting out the Heat over the final 2:46.

The Trail Blazers led by 17 with 7:26 left in the game, but needed late contributions from Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic to slam the door.

- And that was after Goran Dragic played in foul trouble in the first half.

Gordon suffered a concussion against the Denver Nuggets on December 8 and missed the ensuing two games.

Nurkic ended a almost five-minute drought for Portland by powering inside for a layup that gave the Trail Blazers a seven-point lead. He's also averaged 6.8 assists and 6.0 rebounds in the four career matchups while hitting 11 of 25 3-pointers.

Despite 24 points and a season-high seven 3-pointers from Wayne Ellington, the Heat, who were once again without Hassan Whiteside, were unable to overcome the Portland Trail Blazers in front of their home crowd, falling 102-95.

Trail Blazers: C Nurkic (sprained right ankle) missed his third game in a row. Rookie Johnathan Isaac practiced Thursday, but was held out of the game by team doctors.

Jonathan Isaac, Orlando's first-round pick from last June's NBA Draft, will miss his 17th straight game on tonight.

In games where they reach 100 points, the Magic are 11-10 and the Trail Blazers are 12-6. Evan Fournier (ankle), Terrence Ross (knee) and Aaron Afflalo (back) were inactive.



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