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Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers aren't getting much bench production and their defense has to get better, but they're hard to beat when they're hitting from 3-point range.
The Houston Rockets found that out earlier this month.
Portland will try to avoid a fourth consecutive home loss Friday night when the Rockets open a three-game western swing.
It's still early, but the Trail Blazers (3-5) have to be concerned with a bench that's averaging a league-low 12.8 points. Their defense also has plenty of room for improvement, as their opponents are shooting 49.4 percent from the field.
Portland, though, has three of the NBA leaders in 3s made with Nicolas Batum (22), rookie Damian Lillard (20) and Wesley Matthews (18). Led by Lillard, who had team highs with five 3s and 22 points, the Trail Blazers hit a season-best 14 from long range in 27 attempts in Tuesday's 103-86 win at Sacramento.
Portland shot 32.2 percent (28 for 87) from beyond the arc while dropping its ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Lillard, shooting, save the day
The Headline: The Trail Blazers finally find win No. 3 on the back of Damian Lillard, topping the Kings 103-86
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings
When: 10:00 ET, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Where: Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento)
Officials: Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams, Josh Tiven
1. Damian Lillard takes control
It has been a very tough season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings, their first 7 games have all come against playoff contending teams. Those 7 opponents had a combined record of 31-20. The Blazers were 2-5 at that point and only Charlotte, Cleveland, and Toronto had allowed more points per game.
One thing that I remember hearing...
An early-season rematch
The Portland Trail Blazers avoided becoming the Western Conference’s worst team in Wednesday’s win against the Sacramento Kings, and a victory against the Houston Rockets would help establish momentum heading into an easier part of the schedule.
Matchup: Portland (3-5) vs. Houston Rockets (4-4)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM PT
Date: Friday, Nov...
Nicolas Batum had a career-high 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 119-117 in overtime Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points for Portland, including a tiebreaking free throw and key turnaround jumper in the extra session. Lillard, a first-round pick out of Weber State, scored 16 of the Trail Blazers...
I moved to Portland 18 months ago and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Since moving here, I have enjoyed discovering the great culture that Portland has to offer. Last weekend, I went to a Portland Winterhawks game and my experience was so great, I really wanted to write about my time there. The game was held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a great old arena...
PORTLAND -- Overtime victories over the Houston Rockets are getting to be habit for the Portland Trail Blazers. Nicolas Batum tied his career high with 35 points and rookie Damian Lillard put up 18 of his season-high 27 points after intermission as Portland upended Houston 119-117 in overtime Friday night at the Rose Garden. It was the second overtime win over the Rockets in...
PORTLAND -- Nicolas Batum scored a career-high 35 points and rookie Damian Lillard put up 18 of his season-high 27 points in the second half as Portland upended Houston 119-117 in overtime Friday night at the Rose Garden. LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points for the Blazers (4-5), including a turnaround 10-footer with 37 seconds left in overtime that provided a 119-116 lead. Batum...
SACRAMENTO -- There's no doubting the skills of Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard. As he showed the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, he is the real deal. Lillard scored 22 points to lead five Blazers in double figures, and Portland ended a four-game losing streak by hammering the Kings 103-86 before a disappointed and sparse crowd of 10,153 at Sleep Train...
Damian Lillard had 22 points and nine assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers stop a four-game losing streak with a 103-86 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
Portland used a strong third quarter to build its lead to 16 points and pushed the cushion to 22 early in the fourth. The Blazers outrebounded the Kings 44-33 and connected on 14 of 27 attempts...