Oct 18

This Week In Trail Blazers History: October 17th-October 21st

By sarahhecht Posted in: mychalthompson, rosegarden, mychalthompson, rosegarden
Oct. 18, 1974- The history here can be described in two words: Quadruple overtime.
Three of these marathon matches are scattered throughout franchise history—the first in 1974 against Cleveland, the second in 1984 against Chicago and the most recent in 1997 against Phoenix. Of the three monster games the Trail Blazers have achieved a victory in just one—the first.

The four-overtime thriller saw the Trail Blazers defeat the Cavaliers 131-129. Knotted up at 97 a piece after regulation, Portland and Cleveland went on to score eight points each in the first three overtimes. Only in the fourth extra period did the Trail Blazers buck the trend—they scored ten to the Cavaliers eight and ended the three-hour and seven minute test of endurance.

The box score in a game like this is a thing of beauty. Bill Walton wiped the boards with 24 rebounds, Sidney Wicks and John Johnson each racked up 29 points and Geoff Petrie played an astounding 61 minutes.

It’s games like these fans never forget. Which spine-chillers have you witnessed?

Oct. 18, 1995- Construction began on the Rose Garden in 1993 and two short years later the Trail Blazers played their first game in the new arena. A capacity crowd of 21,393 fans attended the preseason matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately the Trail Blazers couldn’t pull out a win in the Rose Garden debut and fell to the Timberwolves 114-110.

Oct. 18, 1976-
In a much-criticized move, Portland traded Moses Malone to Buffalo for a 1978 first-round draft choice. That choice was subsequently traded for cash and Indiana’s number one first round pick—Mychal Thompson, a man who spent his eight seasons in the rose city earning his way into the running for Greatest Trail Blazer of All-Time.

Oct. 21, 1994-
In Trail Blazers trivia news: Portland defeated the New Jersey Nets 117-111 in St. Johns, New Brunswick—the furthest east the team has ever played.


  1. Miss Sarah:

    wow that is bringing up the past.

    I just vaguely remember the games, most of them and the players, I have forgotten. I do remember the big controversy on trading Moses Malone. Kind of wonder how things may have been different if we hadn't. Mychal was a little of an under achiever if my memory serves me right. But don't try taking that to the bank LOL. Seventy year old men has problems with total recall.

    by Hg on 10/18/2011 10:14 AM
  2. I remember my friend in 5th grade having tickets to the opening game at the Rose Garden..lucky

    by DHawes22 on 10/18/2011 12:06 PM
  3. Talk about bringing up the past!!! I was at that game with my Mom and I still remember it to this day!

    peace out,

    by daddylogan on 10/18/2011 2:09 PM
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