#1 Terry Porter vs. #5 Lionel Hollins
No. 30 Terry Porter | Point Guard | 6-3 | 195
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:
31.6 mpg, 14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, .470 FG%, .385 3PT%, .846 FT%
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Written By Sarah Hecht
One For The Books: A Game 7 To Remember - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Sarah Hecht
This game marked the dawn of a new era for coach Rick Adelman’s Blazers—a team that was to become over the next three seasons a dominant force in the NBA, and an annual contender for the championship.
The seeds of those great championship runs were sown on this afternoon. Trailing by seven points in the final 2:32 of regulation, the Blazers, behind the heroics of Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey, put on a miraculous come-from-behind rally to send the game to overtime.
The teams swapped baskets, but the Blazers simply weren’t making up the ground. Finally, with 2:32 remaining and the Spurs leading, 97-90, Adelman called a timeout.
But on Reggie Williams’ inbounds pass, intended for hot-shooting Willie Anderson deep on the baseline, Porter stepped in the passing lane and intercepted it. Then he got the ball quickly to Drazen Petrovic who was able to dribble out the clock on one of the most amazing games in Blazers’ history.
But if you were looking for the San Antonio assassin in this series, it was Terry Porter.
After scoring 38 points in Portland’s double-overtime win over the Spurs in Game 5, Porter responded in the clincher with 36 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals. On a day in which the Blazers, as a team, shot only 37.1 percent from the floor, Porter’s 9 of 18, including 4 of 9 on three-pointers, was crucial. His 14 of 16 free throws in regulation made the overtime period possible.
The best team to take the floor in Trail Blazers history—the 1977 Championship squad aside—was comprised of 90s era greats Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, Kevin Duckworth and Buck Williams. In a squad stacked with talent, standing out as a key ingredient is quite a feat. Floor general Porter did just that.
Leading from the point and deadly beyond the arc, Porter’s 10 seasons with the Trail Blazers saw him play 758 games and average 14.9 ppg. Not surprisingly, he was a thriller in the post-season. The 1990 campaign saw him average 20.6 ppg in a trek to the NBA Finals and 21.4 ppg in a similar run two seasons later. Years which saw the return of Rip City and an explosion of Portland passion.
The Porter-Drexler tandem thrilled for a solid decade. An era for the history books led by two of Portland’s finest.
"With Drexler in the back court and the rest of that team, in the 90's. Much influence, maybe the best back court that this franchise has ever seen."
Photo Gallery: Terry Porter Through The Years
No. 14 Lionel Hollins| Point Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs
Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:
29.3 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 spg, .435 FG %, .100 3 PT %, 0.4 bpg, .742 FT %
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Written By Sarah Hect
One For The Books: The Blazers Ride 'The Train' To Victory - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Sarah Hect
Put the question another way: When did the 1976-77 Blazers start believing they could be a contender for a championship?
How about Feb. 22, 1977.
That was the day that Lionel “The Train” Hollins played the greatest game of his young life, scoring a career-high 43 points in a miraculous display of shooting from all sectors of the court.
“They put a real licking on us last month,” moaned Boston Coach Tom Heinsohn, :And we were determined to make them pay. But, I had no idea Lionel Hollins could shoot like that.”
Hollins set a team record with 20 field goals, connecting on 20 of 31 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line.
“The shots just started to go in for me and I felt the adrenaline coming on,” Hollins said afterwards. “I had the feeling I could take my man at any time.”
Being considered instrumental in a Championship season is a status earned through trials and tribulations of an 82 game season. And of course a breakout game to entrench you into team lore.
Such was the case with Lionel “The Train” Hollins in 1977. With the soon to be NBA Champion Trail Blazers not playing their best basketball a change was in order. A jump start so to speak. That spark was a culmination of the return of Bill Walton after injury and the standout performance of Hollins during a February game against the Boston Celtics.
Averaging 14.7 ppg during the regular season and 17.3 ppg during the 1977 playoff run ‘The Train’ was a reliable scorer and teammate. But his most important role to the Trail Blazers didn’t come during the spring post-season, instead it came on that cold day in February when he proved invaluable in igniting the fire that would burn its way to championship glory.
"The train. A savvy player to say the least. Terrific point guard. All-around player. And now he's an NBA coach and he'll have a championship team under him, very soon."
Photo Gallery: Lionel Hollins Through The Years
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