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Aug 29

Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Lucas Vs. #5 Natt

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#1 Maurice Lucas vs. #5 Calvin Natt

No. 20 Maurice Lucas | Power Forward | 6’9” | 218 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:29.7 mpg, 15.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.81 spg, 0.72 bpg, .461 FG %, .125 3 PT %, .763 FT %

One For The Books: BlazerMania Is Born - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Aaron Grossman

To win the championship after being embarrassed in Philadelphia, the Blazers had to win four of the next five games. Not impossible, but not likely. Indeed, no team in NBA history had ever won four straight games after dropping the first two games of the championship series.

Where were you when Blazermania was born, one might ask.

Game 3 in Portland, by all accounts, was the pivotal game of the entire series because it demonstrated that the Blazers, when they played their game (as Jack Ramsay repeatedly uttered in true cliché fashion), were a very good match for the 76ers.

Philadelphia did get back into the game, pulling to within one point at 54-53 with 1:28 left in the half. Two jumpers by Maurice Lucas, who had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and a pair of free throws by Lionel Hollins gave Portland a 60-53 lead at halftime.

The double-dunks by Walton in less than the time it takes most people to get out of bed in the morning aroused a record Memorial Coliseum crowd of 12,923 and triggered the greatest fourth quarter offensive explosion in a Blazers playoff series.

Portland scored a record 42 points during the period, en route to a resounding 129-107 victory.

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Written By Aaron Grossman
Maurice Lucas, fresh off his message-sending skirmish with 76ers big man Darryl Dawkins in Game 2, took an aggressive approach to Game 3 in Portland. With the Trail Blazers down two games to none, Lucas and the rest of the Trail Blazers knew it was now or never. And Lucas carried the Trail Blazers offensively. He led Portland in Game 3 with 27 points, his most in any of the six NBA Finals contests. But “Luke” did much more than put the ball in the basket. He added 12 rebounds, five assists and a game-high three steals. During Portland’s 19-game run to the 1977 NBA title, Lucas averaged 21.2 points (51.9% FG), 9.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

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Schonely Speaks:
"The Enforcer. You never wanted to mess with him. Powerful. And could do it all. I miss him to this day."

Photo Gallery: Maurice Lucas Through The Years

#33 Calvin Natt | Forward | 6’6” | 220 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 24.2 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.1 bpg, .500 FG%, .328 3PT%, .786 FT%

One For The Books: Five Easy Minutes - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Aaron Grossman

Calvin Natt had some stellar games as a Trail Blazer during the early 1980s, but none of them stood out in hindsight quite like his 33-point, 14-rebound performance at Houston on January 22, 1983.

It’s the Blazers, the NBA bible goes on to say, who established that mark when they shut out the home team Rockets 17-0 in the five-minute overtime period en route to a 113-96 victory. The 17-point victory margin broke a record set by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1977 when they outscored New Jersey 18-2 in the overtime period.

The game itself mirrored Portland’s season. Playing without star forward Mychal Thompson, who sprained his ankle two nights earlier in a loss to Dallas, the Blazers nursed a 51-48 halftime lead, but couldn’t shake the Rockets. In fact, the game (prior to the overtime anyway) was not a stellar performance by the Blazers. But, as both coaches acknowledged afterwards, it was a great game that Calvin Natt wouldn’t allow his team to lose.

None of the Rockets could stop Natt, though ex-Blazer Wally Walker, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant (father of the current Laker star) and Terry Teagle all tried. For the game, Natt connected on a career-high 16 field goals in just 22 attempts, scoring on inside postups and spin moves, tipins and outside jumpers.

Natt was so dominant – often drawing a double-team – that it gave Paxson, Lever and Carr some easy opportunities, too. Paxson, like Natt, was solid all night, scoring 25 points, with six rebounds and seven assists.

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Written By Aaron Grossman
Portland’s 17-point margin, and of course the zero points allowed, indeed still stand as NBA overtime records to this day. As for Natt, his banner day included just six missed field goal attempts, as he finished the game an incredible 16-for-22 (72.7%) from the floor. And not only did Natt’s 33 points lead all players in the game, he also pulled in a game-best 14 rebounds. He only bested the 33 points once that year – two nights earlier when he netted 34 at Dallas, for what became quite the week in a spectacular season for Natt. He averaged a career-high tying 20.4 points per game that year and led the squad in scoring 27 times.

Schonely Speaks:
"When Calvin was called upon in his day in the Blazer uniform, he got the job done - whatever he was called upon [to do]."

Photo Gallery: Calvin Natt Through The Years

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