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Batum leads Blazers in double OT
The Headline: With the Blazers desperate for an East Coast win, Nicolas Batum hits a last-second three in double OT to seal the deal.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
When: 7:30 ET, Saturday, December 1, 2012
Where: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland)
Officials: Leon Wood, Mark Lindsay, Ed Malloy
Portland finally finds a win
It’s been a very rough East Coast road trip for Portland.
The Blazers started their trek November 25th, and it ends December 5th. All-in-all it will span seven different away games, all on the East.
Going into this game Portland was an ugly 0-4 on their East Coast swing. This was a huge win and will hopefully give Portland some confidence before heading home.
Batum hit a last-minute 3 to seal a Portland win in double OT (Tony Dejak / AP )
The starters did not have a great last game against Boston. LaMarcus Aldridge put up some solid numbers, but three others failed to score double digits.
It was nice to see a rebound in this one, with all starters scoring at least ten points.
Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge all came up big. They scored a combined 67 points on 49 percent shooting. Lillard added 11 assists while Wesley Matthews had 10. L.A. led the team with nine rebounds.
Will Barton keeps going
Will Barton continues to show growth throughout this roadtrip.
It started against Detroit, when Barton had a season high 12 points in 21 minutes. He followed that up two games later with a stellar defensive effort against Boston.
Against Cleveland, Barton shot 3-5 for eight points with a steal and a block. It’s not over the top production, but it’s still good to see steady progression from the rookie shooting guard.
Wesley still in funk
Wesley Matthews is mired in an offensive slump, and it certainly leaked into this game.
West did have 11 points—compared to a combined 11 over his last two games—but it was on 3-11 shooting. Portland’s shooting guard is now 7-28 over his last three games.
He’s 14 percent beyond the arc in that same time frame.
At first glance, the rebounding differential isn’t that great. Portland had 41 compared to Cleveland’s 48, not that big a difference. The Blazers had 12 offensive rebounds to the Cavs 15.
The real tale of the tape though is that Cleveland had 33 second chance points and Portland had just 14.
While they weren’t out-rebounded by that big a difference, the inability to box out Cleveland was an obvious issue in this game.
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When: 7:30 ET, Friday, November 30, 2012
Where: TD Garden (Boston)
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Leroy Richardson, Pat Fraher
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