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Trail Blazers fall 92-75 to Pacers

  1. Written by: KevinHudson  / avg. rating: 5.0

    The Portland Trail Blazers slipped to 1-3 on their current 7-game road trip and 6-15 on the road this season with a 92-75 loss at the Indiana Pacers Tuesday.

    Portland (20-22) came out cold, shooting 2-for-15 from the field in the first quarter to trail 19-15. The Trail Blazers improved to 7-of-15 in the second period but trailed 48-38 at the break after shooting 30 percent in the first half.

    "You have to make shots and we didn’t make shots early in the game. I thought that started to affect us defensively," said Portland coach Nate McMillan. "We missed shots and shooting 30 percent from the floor makes it hard to win games."

    LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting in the first half and finished with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-15 from the field, 7-of-9 from the free throw line, where the Trail Blazers made 30-of-38 to the Pacers 8-of-15 foul shots.

    Indiana (24-16) allowed a Trail Blazers run to cut the lead from 18 to 10 points to end the first half but reasserted themselves quickly in the third quarter, building a 25-point lead that would grow to 29 points early in the fourth quarter.

    Nolan Smith joined Aldridge as the Trail Blazers only double-digit scorers with 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting in the fourth quarter to help Portland whittle away at the final margin.

    "You have to be ready to play. They played well tonight and we didn’t," said Portland guard Wesley Matthews. "I don’t think we gave up. I don’t even focus on those words. That’s not even in my vocabulary. I don’t think anyone in this locker room is doing that."

    Nicolas Batum, Jamal Crawford and Matthews finished with nine points each as the Trail Blazers shot a season-low 31.1 percent from the field. Portland's five assists were a franchise record low.

    The Pacers were led by Lou Amundson, who scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting off the bench while pulling down eight rebounds. David West logged the game's only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    Their bigs are very aggressive," McMillan said. "We knew they were a very good offensive rebounding team and I think Amundson was aggressive playing in the paint."

    Portland finished its back-to-back Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., at the New York Knicks. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet (Comcast channel 37). 750 AM The Game and NBA Audio League Pass will have the play-by-play call.

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