Miller has 22 points, Blazers beat Magic 97-83

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 9 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) battles for position under the basket with Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla (10) during the first quarter of the game at the Rose Garden on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Portland, Ore.

Steve Dykes, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Andre Miller returned from a one-game suspension to score 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 97-83 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to three games.

Wesley Matthews had 20 points for the Blazers, who trailed by 14 points in the first half but led by 15 points in the second. Portland's modest winning streak comes after six straight losses.

Dwight Howard had a season-high 39 points in the loss, the Magic's third straight. The team had been hampered by a nasty stomach ailment that hit Howard, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus, but all of them were healthy against the Blazers — including Nelson, who sat out the last three games.

Howard added 15 rebounds.

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