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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Eight Is Great At Home

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013    Final Score: Portland 125, Orlando 119 (OT)


     “I thought it was a great basketball game. Both teams I thought played well. Orlando is a tough team. They’ve been very competitive in their last few games despite their losses. Tonight they showed why. Their big guys compete. JJ Redick had it going. Afflalo is tough. Nelson hit the three. But for us, the first half was not what we wanted defensively, but we picked it up the second half. The second half and overtime, I thought was a fun game. I would have liked to have been a fan watching it.”

    On more success defending Redick later in the game:
    “There’s no adjustment. We were loose with him in the first half. He had a lot of clean looks. He’s a great shooter, always has been. He got in a rhythm, we gave him too many clean looks and he felt good about it. I thought Wes Matthews in particular but also Nic when he was on him, but I think Wes was really working him hard. He still made some shots, tough shots, but I thought he may have gotten a little fatigued at the end. There wasn’t any adjustments other than playing a little harder and little more attention to detail.

    On last possession of regulation (Lillard missed potential game-winner):
    “Tie score, I want to make sure we get the last shot. He can make them, he’s made them. He missed that one. It is what it is. The main thing is I wanted to be able to control the clock, control the shot. It was tough, they put Afflalo on him. Afflalo is a very good defender. I thought it was a good adjustment by Orlando. It was a tougher shot than I would have liked but give them credit for palying good defense.”

    On play late in game/overtime:
    “Well everybody was good. Damian, defensively he was – I thought everybody was good. Damian did what he did. Wes did what he did. The starters played a lot of minutes. Nic made big shots, we rode LA in the post, JJ did the boards – you look down the line and the five starters just carried us in the second half and in overtime.”

    On Aldridge:
    “I think LA has been our most consistent player at both ends of the floor. Defensively, he doesn’t make very many mistakes. He knows the coverages that we’re in, he helps defensively, he rebounds. His rebounds – he’s getting rebounds when he’s playing alongside a guy who’s averaging double figure rebounding, he’s still getting his rebounds. Offensively, I think he’s taking what the game gives him. We rode him early on the block. He’s been a willing passer out of the block. That hand-back, we went to him on the block and for him to hand it back to Nic and nail a three- he’s unselfish. I said this before the game – I just think some people take for granted what he’s done. He’s been very consistent throughout the years, he’s been consistent this year and I’d encourage everybody not to take that for granted because he works and he’s a true pro.”


     “It was a good win. Another great overtime win for us.”

    Coming from down 11:
    “That’s our confidence again. Early on in the season and we get down 11 like that, there’s no telling how that game is going to turn out. But with the recent streak we’ve been on, our record as of late, we’ve got a confidence and a swagger about us. We’re accustomed to winning, we’re used to winning. We turned it up on defense.”

    “We expect to win every game. That’s the mentality you have to have in this league. You can’t play records. This team is a hard playing team, they’ve got guys with talent, they’ve got guys that have been around, a couple guys who have been in the finals. So you can’t play a record and they showed up tonight.”

    On defending Redick:
    “He’s fast - especially when he got it going. Whenever a guy in this league gets it going, especially a scorer, especially a scorer like that, it seems like they get an extra gear. I was just trying to cool him down, just make every touch difficult, make every shot difficult. I feel like for the most part I did that in the second half.”


    - Eight in a row … Portland has now won eight straight games at the Rose Garden, the team’s longest winning streak at home since winning eight straight from March 5-April 3, 2011.

    - Clutch in OT … With their win tonight, the Trail Blazers improved to 5-0 in overtime games this season, the first time Portland has started a season 5-0 in OT games since the 1986-87 season.

    - Double-double night … Four Portland players recorded double-doubles tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 10 rebounds, JJ Hickson scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard had 18 points and tallied 10 assists and Nicolas Batum notched 16 points and had 10 assists. Aldridge, Batum, Hickson and Lillard become the first four teammates to record double-doubles in an NBA game this season. The last time four Trail Blazers recorded double-doubles was on April 4, 1998 at Phoenix (Grant, Rider, Stoudamire, Wallace).

    - Close call … With the six-point win tonight, the Trail Blazers improved to 10-2 in games decided by six points or less this season.

    - Automatic double-double … JJ Hickson recorded his 10th straight double-double at the Rose Garden, the longest double-double streak by a Trail Blazer at home since Mychal Thompson in 1982.

    - Hot Streak … Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, his third consecutive game scoring at least 20 points. That is his longest such streak of the season.

    - Dimes … Nicolas Batum tied a career high tonight with 10 assists. Batum’s seven games this season with eight-plus assists is second-most by non-guards in the NBA (LeBron James, 12).

    - Season highs … Portland’s 125 points scored tonight is a team season-high for points in a game. The Trail Blazers also set a season best by scoring 37 points in the third quarter, the most points scored by the team in any quarter this season, and the Trail Blazers’ 17 points scored in overtime is the most points in an extra period for the team in 2012-13. The Portland franchise record for most points scored in overtime is 19 points (2 times, last: 3/2/82 vs. Phoenix).

    - Ball movement … The Trail Blazers’ 34 assists tonight is a season high for the team.

    - Down low … Portland had 60 points in the paint tonight, which is a season-high for the squad.

    - Buckets … Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers tonight, his third straight game of hitting at least four shots from downtown. Matthews finished 4-of-7 from beyond the arc (57.1%), and is now shooting a team-best 42.3 percent (65-of-153) from 3-point range this season.

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