Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/5/12
The Portland Trail Blazers' bench has helped the team pick up its scoring - and get back into the win column - after a rough start to their longest trip of the season. Ending that stretch with another strong effort could be asking a lot with the defensive-minded Indiana Pacers up next. Portland looks to close out its seven-game trip with a third consecutive victory Wednesday night when Indiana returns home from its own successful road stretch. The Blazers' reserves are averaging a league-low 14.8 points, and they totaled 57 as the team averaged 86.5 points on the first four games of its trip. Portland's bench, though, is coming off its two best offensive games of the season. Two days after totaling 29 points in an 118-117 double-overtime victory over Cleveland, Luke Babbitt had nine of the bench's 31 points in Monday's 118-112 overtime win over Charlotte. Babbitt made three 3-pointers, including a game-tying shot with 22 seconds left in the fourth period that capped Portland's ...
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