Trail Blazers vs Lakers Wednesday, 10/31/12 AT 07:30PM

Post-Game Notes And Quotes: BEAT LA!

11/01/12
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012    Final Score: Portland 116, Lakers 106

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS
    “Obviously it was a good win for us. We played the style of game we wanted to play offensively. We probably could have done a better job defensively. We didn’t defend the free throw line very well, but it was a good win. Everybody contributed. We got stops when we needed them and I liked the tempo of the game.”

    On Lillard’s performance
    “Damian played well. We’ve still got to work on his turnovers – there were a couple possessions where I thought he tried to do a little too much. But really, on the whole, for his outing, for him to have 23 and 11 in a game like this was pretty impressive.”

    On Howard shooting 15/19 from free throw line
    “Stats are a funny thing. They shot more free throws, they out-rebounded us by a ton, and we win the game. So there’s a lot of ways to win games. Obviously Dallas beat them last night and they didn’t make free throws. They made their free throws tonight and we won. So that’s just part of basketball.”

    On Rose Garden crowd/atmosphere to
    “It was everything I expected. It was great. I’ve said from day one that this is one of the best home courts, if not the best in the league. Portland fans are terrific. Opening night and they were into the game from the tip and had a big part of getting the win. We’re a relatively young team and we fed off their energy.”

    DAMIAN LILLARD
    “I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. Like I said before, make Steve Nash  have to play both ends of the floor and that’s what I decided to do, make him work and try to make plays for my teammates.”

    Did you feel comfortable out there?
    “Yeah, I felt real comfortable. It’s a lot easier when LA is making shots, Wes is making shots, and Nic is making shots. I’ve got to give credit to them. They made shots and everything came easier for me.”’

    Do you think you might have surprised some people with this win?
    “We might have. People probably didn’t expect us to come out and beat that type of team, but we’ve just been priding ourselves on getting better every day at practice and competing. We compete against each other very hard in practice to try and get ourselves better. We did the same thing tonight and got the win.”

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
     “A great win, you know. I thought guys played great tonight. Everybody stepped up. We played great offensively. I thought our defense was really, really good tonight too. I thought we were very active, we played well on the weak side. We tried to contain those two main guys and we got a win tonight.”

    On playing well and limiting turnovers:
    “We did. I think guys played smart tonight, trying to take care of the ball. I thought we made the simple play tonight and guys had shots and they took them.”

    On Lillard:
    “He played great. He called the offense and made shots when he had to. A double-double is always big in this league, so he played great tonight.”

    GAME NOTES AND INTERESTING STATS
    - With 23 points and 11 assists, Damian Lillard joins Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history with at least 20  points and 10 assists in their NBA debut.
    - Lillard is the first NBA player with at least 21 points and 9 assists in his first career game since LeBron James on Oct. 29, 2003.
    - Lillard’s 11 assists are the most by a player in his NBA debut since Jason Kidd’s 11 assists in 1994.
    With seven made field goals and 11 assists, Lillard contributed to 18 of the Trail Blazers 42 field goals.
    - Tonight’s attendance of 20,401 marks the 193rd consecutive Trail Blazers sellout at the Rose Garden (playoffs and regular season).
    - Portland’s 116 points are the most the team has scored in a season opener since scoring 121 against the L.A. Clippers on Nov. 5, 1994. The 116 points are also the most the Trail Blazers have scored in a home opener since putting up 121 on Nov. 3, 1999, also against the Clippers.
    - Portland has won 12 consecutive home openers at the Rose Garden. All-time the team is 32-11 in home openers.
    - The Trail Blazers have now won 17 of the last 21 against the Lakers in games played at the Rose Garden.
    - Portland’s 116 against Los Angeles are the most points scored by the Trail Blazers since a 119-111 win on Feb. 29, 2008.
    - Portland shot 82.1% (23-28) from the free throw line against Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers ranked second in the NBA last year in free throw percentage (79.6%).
    - The Trail Blazers ended the third quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 92-76 lead going into the fourth quarter.
    - The Trail Blazers starters scored 103 of the 116 points. The Lakers starters scored 91 of 106 points.
    - Portland improved to 5-7 all-time in games played on Halloween.
    - The Trail Blazers forced 25 turnovers. Las night against Dallas, the Lakers turned the ball over 14 times.
    - Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 26 poiints (9-16 FGs) for the Trail Blazers. Batum averaged just 9.7 points per game on 33.3% shooting against the Lakers in 2011-12.
    - Wesley Matthews scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Portland. Matthews averaged 13.7 points per game against Los Angeles last year on 41.2% shooting.
    - J.J. Hickson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Hickson tied for sixth in the NBA with six double-doubles in the month of April last season.

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