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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Snapping The Skid

01/23/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013    Final Score: Portland 100, Indiana 80

    POSTGAME QUOTES

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    “That was a good one, arguably one of our more solid wins of the season.”
    “It was a good defensive effort. We were efficient offensively against the best defensive team in the league. We just did a lot of good things and we were very consistent with it. We almost won every quarter. From start to finish, it was an effort we needed.”

     “It was a solid defensive effort. Indiana, they win their games with their defense. We did a solid defensive job but shooting as well as we did and executing as well as we did against them was every bit as important as our defense against a team like Indiana.”

    On Lillard getting to bucket more
    “Damian reads the game. We knew with some of their pick and roll coverages that we’d be able to set good screens on him in pick and rolls and he’d be able to attack. He was very explosive getting to the basket.”

    On breaking streak of 10 straight games decided by 6 points or less:
    “It was refreshing, especially since we were on the good side of it. That ten game streak of last-minute games, that was fun basketball but it was tough. To be honest, when you’re up 15 with 3 minutes to go, you still don’t think you quite have it, but we needed a win like that. We haven’t had a lot of wins like that. To have it at this stage was pretty refreshing.”

    On Aldridge’s performance:
    “LaMarcus was in a groove. His shot was going and he had a few good post-ups, but his midrange, he was on.”

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
    On win:
    “It feels good. We definitely didn’t want to lose that many in a row and I thought tonight we came out focused from start to finish, defensively and offensively.”

    On breaking 6-game losing streak:
    “Guys stayed positive, guys kept working. We all wanted to get better. Tonight, we just came out and played really good defense.”

    On 14 points in 2nd quarter
    “I made one or two and my teammates said just keep shooting it. Then Coach kept drawing up plays for me to take jump shots and I just kept making them.”

    JJ HICKSON
    On keeping Pacers out of the paint:
     “Coach Stotts and the coaching staff did a great job at our defensive scheme tonight. I don’t think their bigs really did too much damage in the paint. All of our bigs did a great job at fronting the post  and making their shots tough. That really helped us out tonight.”

    On key to offensive success against good defensive team
    “It wasn’t offense, we just played hard – on defense, we played hard. We got to a lot of fifty-fifty balls, we got our hands on a lot of balls that rolled on the opponents floor in the post. We did a great job on their bigs and our guards did a great job at keeping their guards in front of them. It was just a great team win. We just played hard tonight.”

    WESLEY MATTHEWS
    How big was this win?
     “It’s huge. We put ourselves in a great position playoff-wise, as far as being in the hunt, being in the rase. Then we slipped, we let it go. We lost six straight. That’s a lot of games to lose in a row. But we bounced back, we played well and we just plaed hard the whole time.”

    Does it feel like 6 months since last win?
    “I wouldn’t say that long but it feels like a while. We’ll take it. That’s a good team, that’s a good barometer for us. It’s a good thing to see that when we do what we’re supposed to do, we can beat anybody.”

    POSTGAME NOTES

    - Series history … The Trail Blazers have now won four straight meetings at the Rose Garden against Indiana … Portland leads the all-time series with the Pacers 46-32 after splitting the season series in 2012-13.

    - Sweet shooting … Portland shot 56.4 percent (44-of-78) from the field against Indiana, a season high and the highest field goal percentage vs. the Pacers all season … Indiana entered the game allowing a league-best 41.3 percent.

    - Breaking through … Tonight marked just the seventh time all season that the Pacers allowed their opponent to score 100 points … Entering tonight, Indiana ranks first in the league in opponents points per game, allowing 89.1 points per contest.

    - Season best … Tonight’s 20-point margin (100-80) marks Portland’s largest win of the 2012-13 season.

    - Perfecting the point … Damian Lillard finished with 20 points and eight assists … Lillard now has seven games at least 20 points and eight assists, while only Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Tony Parker, Jrue Holiday, Stephen Curry and Greivis Vasquez have more.

    - Leading the way … Lillard now has recorded at least seven assists in 22 games … All other rookies have reached that mark a combined 20 times.

    - Moving on up … With 12 made field goals tonight, LaMarcus Aldridge passed Sidney Wicks for ninth place on Portland’s all-time field goals list (3,504).

    - Mr. double-double … JJ Hickson recorded his 24th double-double of the season tonight, finishing with 14 points and 13 assists … Hickson is third in the NBA this season in double-doubles (Z. Randolph, 27; D. Lee, 26).

    - Defense … Indiana’s 32 points in the first half tonight are the fewest by a Trail Blazers opponent in any half this season.

    - From downtown … Nicolas Batum, after making two 3-pointers, now has made 100 3-pointers this season … He is the fourth player in the NBA to reach that mark in 2012-13 (R. Anderson, NOH; S. Curry, GSW; K. Thompson, GSW).

    - Season low … The Trail Blazers attempted a season-low 11 3-pointers tonight … The previous low was 15, set Nov. 30 at Boston.


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