Trail Blazers vs Mavericks Tuesday, 01/29/13 AT 07:00PM

Postgame Notes And Quotes: Call It A Comeback

  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013         Final Score: Portland 106, Dallas 104



    “Just another win. [Laughs]. I can’t get tired of appreciating what our team does as far as competing and fighting and never giving up. We’ve all seen it a number of times already this year, but it never gets old. We kept finding a way. There were too many big plays to remember, but just from being down 21 and coming back, a lot of people contributed to that comeback. Everybody that played the second half contributed to the comeback.”

    On Aldridge’s three to tie game, his first three of the season:
    “LaMarcus has a nice touch out there. He took his time and he made it. It’s his first one of the year, but I’ve seen him shoot them in practice and it’s not like he’s a non-shooter. He has a nice touch. I was glad to see it go in.”

    On defense in fourth:
    “I really don’t want to single out one guy because when I thought when you play the defense that we played in the second half compared to the first half, it was a team effort. When we’re defending Dirk’s pick and rolls, it means the guys on the ball have to do a job and JJ or whoever has to be able to rotate and everybody has got to cover up his man. Everything we did, team rebounding – I thought everybody contributed defensively. Their team with OJ Mayo and Vince and Dirk and Collison and Shawn Marion, they’ve got a lot of guys who can score. That’s why it was a team effort. Dallas is a team that everybody that’s on the floor is usually pretty dangerous.

    On describing season
    “We’re only 45 games into it… It’s been enjoyable, it’s a fun team to coach. I think everybody and certainly I appreciate the effort that the players give. The season – I don’t want to give a retrospect on the season right now. We’re in the middle of a playoff race and to try and put this season in perspective right now is too soon.”

    On Aldridge’s shot putting All-Star selection in perspective?
    “It’s always been a perspective for me. People can think what they want to think, but LaMarcus, there’s no question in my mind he’s an All-Star. He didn’t have to make that shot to prove he’s an All-Star. He proves it every night.”

    On game-tying three-pointer:
    “I saw it on film – I didn’t think I did it like that, I thought I caught it and took a dribble but I didn’t. I caught it and all in one motion just shot it. I just felt good about it, I just shot it. It felt good. I thought everybody was overly hyped for it, but I was like the game isn’t over yet. But it feels good.

    Were you surprised to hit the three?
    “It felt good so no. I was surprised that Nic threw it to me, yes. That I made it, no.”

    Were you surprised at being able to catch the ball so deep on last play?
    “I was surprised. I was surprised I caught it so deep and I just turned. I was very surprised.”

    “We just came out and we got down 21, 22, and guys kept playing, kept fighting tonight and we got one.”

    On game-winner moments:
    “This is what you live for. I thought guys were into the game the whole game. They made some tough shots early, but I thought our defense got better late, better in the game.”

    On win:
    “Big win, big win. I knew these six games coming were going to be against good teams, five for playoff spots like Dallas, Minnesota and Utah, so this game was huge for us.”

    On confidence of coach to draw up late plays despite struggles:”
    “It was huge because I was like two for fifteen; I missed two big free throws. We needed a three and he drew a play for me. So I was like ok, I’ve got to make a shot. The second play was for me too but LA was wide open so I trust my guy. I appreciate the confidence.”

    Describe Aldridge in locker room after game:
    “He was smiling like a rookie, like his first NBA game. He was happy, but it was a big shot by LA. We needed those two shots – they show people that he really is an All-Star. He is an All-Star. He is a go-to guy, he’s one of the best.”


    - Game winner … LaMarcus Aldridge hit the game-winning shot as time expired … Aldridge also made the game-winner April 6, 2012, against the Mavericks in Dallas … After finishing tonight with 29 points and 13 rebounds, Aldridge has now averaged 26.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in his last four games vs. Dallas, including the two game-winning shots.

    - Dynamic duo … Aldridge (29 points, 13 rebounds) and JJ Hickson (26 points, 15 rebounds) are the first pair of Trail Blazers to post at least 26 points and 13 rebounds in the same game since Clyde Drexler and Jerome Kersey did it Dec. 2, 1987 at the Los Angeles Lakers.

    - Perfect timing … Aldridge’s game-tying 3-pointer with just over four seconds left in the contest is his first made shot from beyond the arc this season (0-9 prior).

    - Coming back … Tonight’s win marked the 10th time the Trail Blazers have come back from a halftime deficit this season, tied with Indiana or the most such wins in the NBA … The Trail Blazers won for the eighth time this season when trailing by 11 points or more, tied with Utah for the most such games in the NBA … Tonight’s 21-point comeback is the largest … Portland was down by 17 at halftime, marking the largest halftime deficit in a win for the Trail Blazers this season.

    - Among league leaders … Aldridge now has 11 double-doubles in the month of January, the most of any player in the NBA … Aldridge has 13 games of at least 20 poitns and 10 rebounds, third-most in the NBA (D. Lee, L. James).

    - Series history … With the victory tonight, the Trail Blazers snapped a two-game losing streak to the Mavericks … Four of the last five meetings between Portland and Dallas have been decided by three points or less.

    - OK, JJ … JJ Hickson finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds, marking a season-high in points … Tonight marked the second game of at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in Hickson’s career (31 points, 15 rebounds, CLE at MEM, 1/4/11) … Hickson is just the third NBA player this season to record at least 26 points, 15 rebounds and at least 69 percent field goal percentage (D. Howard, A. Varejao).

    - Perfection … Hickson was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, marking the most free throws he has made without a miss in his career.

    - Thievery … Wesley Matthews tied a season high with four steals … Matthews is averaging 3.33 steals per game the last three contests.

    - Season best … The Trail Blazers scored 64 points in the second half, the most points scored by Portland in any half this season (62, 3 times).

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