Trail Blazers vs Bulls Sunday, 11/18/12 AT 06:00PM

Post-Game Notes And Quotes: Three Wins In A Row

11/18/12
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    November 18, 2012  Portland 102, Chicago 94

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS
    “For the most part, that was probably one of our more complete games. They had a little stretch at the end of the first quarter to expand their lead, but once again, we competed. We got the lead by making a lot of shots and then they came back and we withstood that. I was kind of proud of the way we played a full game.”

    On contributions from Jeffries and Price off the bench:
    “Those two guys, they’ve stayed in the league for a long time doing what they do. Jared Jeffries is a solid basketball player. He does all the little things that go unnoticed – well I think basketball fans notice it, but they’re not in the box score. And Ronnie, that was obviously his best game of the season. He was a plus-18 in his 20 minutes on the court. He made shots, he dove on the floor, he battled Rip Hamilton, he just did it at both ends of the floor. He made his threes and he had another one that went in and out. Those two guys – and Sasha in the second half. Sasha had quality minutes as well. Those guys are veterans and know how to play.”

    How does it help when Price plays well?
    “It gives us versatility. Playing him and Damian together gives us some versatility. It allows us to keep Damian’s minutes a little bit lower so he’s fresh at the end. Again, Ronnie has had some good games already but hasn’t necessarily scored. He played well in Sacramento, he played well against Atlanta. But this was obviously the best game he’s had this year.”

    On Matthews:
    “I’ve said this countless times, but he’s a great competitor. He has a high basketball IQ, he’s tough, whether he’s taking on a defensive assignment against somebody bigger or somebody smaller, chasing Rip off of screens – he finds a way to compete.”

    On Aldridge taking challenge with rebounding:
    “He’ll say it’s the shoes – he said he felt faster, but he was going after them. We rebounded as a team, but obviously LaMarcus went after – especially defensively – went after balls. We’ve been a decent defending rebounding team all year. LaMarcus went after them.”

    On Batum heating up in the third:
    “He busts out. He has a lot of confidence in taking those shots. When he gets on a roll like he did against Houston, it’s impressive. He can throw nine points up pretty quick. We used him some in pick and rolls tonight. That’s an area I’d like to be able to use him, it allows him to be a creator, a facilitator and a scorer.”

    On getting to .500 record
    “It’s good to be .500. We didn’t go into the game saying ‘let’s go be .500.’ The important thing is winning at home and playing well. The record takes care of itself.”

    On Lillard’s dunk with 1.9 seconds left:
    “I think it’s a lot to do about nothing.”

    DAMIAN LILLARD
    On third quarter play:
    “I thought we pulled it together defensively. We got some stops and guys got going. Wes made some shots that we needed him to make. Nic did also and LA just played an all-out aggressive game on both ends. That third quarter, I think we just got some stops and put both ends together.”

    On 3-game win streak
    “I think it’s good for us. We won the last three games and we needed to. We dropped three at home and it was important for us to try to get back to .500 with three winnable games. Now we have to try to go get another one of the road.

    On play of Price off the bench:
    “He was huge for us. I got a lot of rest because he played well. He made shots, he made plays for other guys and he really put a lot of pressure on them defensively, diving on the floor and just stuff that we see him do all the time. It was good to see him do it in the game.”

    On dunk with 1.9 seconds left:
    “When I caught the ball, I didn’t know what to do honestly. I was just like, man I’m here by myself, I don’t know what to do. I didn’t mean no disrespect to them or anything but now I know just dribble the ball out. When I caught it, like I said, I didn’t know what to do, so that’s what I did. It looked like they were running toward me still, so next time I just know to dribble it out. I didn’t mean no disrespect to them.”

    POSTGAME NOTES


    - The Trail Blazers have now defeated the Bulls in each of the last five meetings between the teams in Portland.
    - Damian Lillard is the first player to average at least 19 points and six assists in his first 10 career games since Isiah Thomas, who accomplished the feat in 1981.
    - Entering tonight, Lillard led all rookies in steals per game (1.33). Lillard recorded three steals tonight.
    - Lillard, after shooting 7-of-13 from the floor tonight, has now shot over 50-percent from the field in three consecutive games, and four of the last five contests.
    - Nicolas Batum, who made five 3-pointers tonight, has now made at least four shots from beyond the arc in four games this season. Entering tonight, Batum was second in the NBA in 3-pointers, with 26 makes from distance.
    - Nicolas Batum is the first Trail Blazer to make at least 30 3-pointers in Portland's first 10 games of a season since Cliff Robinson in 1995.
    - Chicago’s 13 points in the second quarter were the fewest points Portland has allowed in a single quarter this season.
    - Portland had six players score in double figures tonight for the first time this season.
    - Ronnie Price set season highs with 10 points and five assists against the Bulls.
    - Wesley Matthews has made at least one 3-pointer in every game this season.
    - The Trail Blazers shot 9-of-22 (40.9%) from 3-point range. Chicago entered tonight ranked fifth in the league in opponents’ 3-point percentage, allowing opposing teams to shoot just 32.0 percent from beyond the arc.
    - Chicago was giving up 93.3 points per game going into tonight’s contest, which ranked eighth in the NBA.
    - Joakim Noah recorded season highs with 15 rebounds and eight assists against the Trail Blazers.

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