PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last time Nicolas Batum had a triple-double, it came because of a casually tossed buzzer-beating 3-pointer in a rout of San Antonio earlier this season. The Trail Blazers forward was embarrassed and said he never meant to disrespect the Spurs, so it didn't count.
This one counted.
Batum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double in Portland's 110-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
And he did it with a fractured finger.
"I've said it many times about Nic — he's very versatile and he does a lot of things," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "When he stays aggressive, good things happen."
LaMarcus Aldridge kept Portland in it despite a sluggish start and finished with 36 points and nine rebounds. The Blazers, who came in having lost four of their last six, avoided a season-high three-game losing streak.
After struggling to pull ahead in the third quarter, Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer and Thomas Robinson made a layup to give the Blazers 90-82 with just over six minutes left.
Aldridge made consecutive jumpers, Damian Lillard added a 3-pointer and Portland took a 97-87 lead. Batum extended it with a 19-foot-jumper.
Batum got his 10th rebound with less than a minute left and many in the crowd gave him a standing ovation. His first triple-double this season came in a 115-105 victory over San Antonio on Nov. 2 — but that was the one he doesn't count.
"I have to do a lot of things on the court especially on offense and defense to do my job," he said. "I know my job. I know my role."
Batum sustained an avulsion fracture of his left middle finger, meaning a fragment pulled away from the bone, in a loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night. He has been playing with a splint.
Portland was coming off a 123-119 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday night. Lillard had a career-high 41 points in the defeat, but was held to 11 against the Magic.
"I was (tired), just a little bit," Lillard said. "But Nico was making a lot of the plays, so that's what was working for us."
Arron Afflalo had 22 points for the Magic, who lost their fifth straight. Orlando was coming off a 101-81 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night to open a five-game road trip.
"I thought our intensity was good in the first half," Afflalo said. "We just got off course in the second half."
Orlando was without 7-foot center Nikola Vucevic, who sustained a concussion in the loss to the Clippers and is listed as day-to-day. The Magic shifted their lineup to make room for rookie Victor Oladipo, who made his 17th start of the season to the delight of a big contingent of Indiana fans who were at the game.