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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Dose Of Double-Doubles

12/26/12
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012    Final Score: Portland 109, Sacramento 91

    POSTGAME QUOTES

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

     “I thought it was a solid win for us. We tightened up our defense in the second and third quarters, made our runs I thought because of our defense. We got energy into the game. We had a few dunks because of our defense, so I was proud of the way we came out in the third quarter and didn’t really give them any life.”

    On protecting paint more successfully tonight:
    “We didn’t change any schemes, I just thought we executed our defense better. We made a priority to keep the ball in front of us, keep the ball out of the paint. Our pick and roll defense was a little bit better. They made shots in the first quarter, but the second and third quarter, they shot in the low 30’s for that whole time. Our guys sustained our defensive focus for longer periods of time

    On Will Barton’s game:
    “With Wes out, that’s a lot of minutes that are open at the 2-spot, and Will had his opportunities at Sacramento as well, but he obviously played well tonight. This was the best game that he’s had of the season. He played within himself, didn’t try to do too much, played the game the right way and it was good having him out there. I thought he made a good contribution.”

    On 31 assists, good ball movement:
    “I’m happy – I thought 19 assists at halftime on 23 baskets or something like that – we’re a team that needs to pass the ball and get each other shots. We’re not a one-on-one team, it’s better when we create for each other, whether its screening, driving, passing. We will have some one-on-one opportunities, LA on the block, but we’re better when we help each other out.”

    On success of Aldridge and Hickson:
    “They were both very aggressive going after rebounds. LaMarcus had offensively was changing it up between some jump shots and getting into the paint. They both got five offensive rebounds, so they were both going after it. That’s nothing new for JJ. He’s been doing it. They both were very aggressive. They’re a relatively undersized team, especially with Cousins out, so that opportunity was there for them both.”

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
    “We lost down there. That was a tough loss for us so we wanted to come out tonight and just play well and we did that.”
    “We wanted to come home and take care of home court and try to get a win before we go out on the road.”

    “We were in a good rhythm all night and that was big for us tonight.”

    On 31 assists:
    “Guys got open, guys made the effort to make the extra pass tonight.”

    What was different from previous game against Kings?
    “We controlled the pick and roll better tonight. Their guards didn’t break us down as much and I thought our weak side help was better tonight.”

    How much does Cousins being out open up the middle?
    “A lot, because he’s a good shot blocker. He protects the rim well, so I thought guys went to the basket more with him out tonight.”

    DAMIAN LILLARD
    What was different from previous game?
    “We knew that we got away from it in Sacramento. We focused more on defense. The last game, we just lost it, they took us to the rim and got what they wanted on offense and we just had to make a point to play better defense.”

    On 31 assists:
    “I’m happy with it. We’ve been moving the ball really well. I just think that shows how much more we trust each other now. We’re just making plays for each other and guys have enough confidence to make shots.”

    POSTGAME NOTES

    - Portland’s win over Sacramento snapped a two-game losing streak to the Kings. The Trail Blazers and Kings end up tied in the season series, with two wins a piece by each team.
    Portland’s 18-point margin (109-91) is tied for its largest this season (92-74, Dec. 10 vs. Toronto).
    - Three different Trail Blazers recorded double-doubles. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 12 rebounds, JJ Hickson finished with 17 points and 14 boards and Damian Lillard scored 17 points and tallied 11 assists.
    - With 17 points and 14 rebounds, JJ Hickson recorded his ninth consecutive double-double. - His nine straight points-rebounds double-doubles are the most by a Trail Blazer since Kermit Washington in 1980.
    - Hickson’s current string of nine straight double-doubles is the third longest in the NBA this season (11, Z. Randolph; 10, A. Varejao).
    - Damian Lillard finished with 17 points, a career-best eight rebounds and a career-high-tying 11 assists. Lillard is the first Trail Blazer with at least those numbers in a game since Brandon Roy (Feb. 1, 2008).
    - Nicolas Batum has now made at least one 3-pointer in a career-best 22 straight games.
    - Will Barton set a new career-high with 14 points.
    - Portland’s 31 assists are a new season-high for the team.
    - The Trail Blazers also tied a season best with 53 rebounds, and set a season high for their most total rebounds in regulation this season (Nov. 3 at Houston, OT).
    - The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Kings by 18 (53-35), the team’s largest rebounding margin of the season.
    - Portland’s 62 first half points are tied for its most in any half this season (first half vs. L.A. Lakers, Oct. 31).

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