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Portland downs Howard-less Magic 89-85

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 7 2011 7:35 p.m. MST

Portland Trail Blazers' Gerald Wallace (3) goes in for a layup in front of Orlando Magic's Earl Clark, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, March 7, 2011.

John Raoux, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Andre Miller added 15 and the Portland Trail Blazers held on to beat the Orlando Magic, who were without the suspended Dwight Howard, 89-85 on Monday night.

Portland won its third straight, and 10th in 13 games. The Blazers also swept the two-game season series with Orlando.

Marcus Camby was held scoreless, but had 10 rebounds to help the Blazers fend off a late rally by the Magic.

Orlando lost its second consecutive game and dropped to 1-2 this season without Howard, who sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday.

Jason Richardson led Orlando with 22 points, followed by 13 apiece from Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu.

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