Perhaps no Orlando Magic player is more adept at dealing with time zone changes than center Nik Vucevic. The 7-foot center hails from Europe and traveled from Montenegro to Los Angeles and back throughout his final year of high school and his three years at the University of Southern California. As Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers approached, Vucevic insisted he had no problems readjusting to Eastern Daylight Time following a West Coast road trip and the Magic's 5:30 a.m. arrival in Central Florida on Monday. Vucevic sure played as if he felt wide-awake Tuesday night. Benefiting from Magic guards' ability to drive into the lane and dish passes to him, Vucevic led the Magic to a 95-85 win over the Trail Blazers at Amway Center as the Magic snapped a nine-game losing streak. "I felt pretty good," Vucevic said. "I got going early in the game. It boosted my confidence, so I just wanted to keep being aggressive." With Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez repeatedly helping on defense when Vucevic's teammates penetrated into the lane, Vucevic scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and collected 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. "It was tough for me," Harris said. "I didn't get too much sleep. I caught myself yawning a couple of times during today's game. But I just pushed through it." The game started to turn in Orlando's favor in the second quarter, when the Magic scored 16 consecutive points.
Magic beat Trail Blazers 95-85, snapping losing streak
Orlando Sentinel | Mar 26