Nov. 8, 1970-
The inaugural season of the Portland Trail Blazers was undoubtedly filled with firsts for the franchise, but not all firsts are created equal. Jim Barnett was the first Trail Blazer to score 40 points or more in a single game, a feat that has only been accomplished 64 times in the history of the franchise. He scored an even 40 in a 123-115 home loss to the New York Knicks. Clyde Drexler—of course—leads the team in most 40-plus point games with 18 while Geoff Petrie is second with 13. On December 14, 2005 Damon Stoudamire set the record for most points scored in game with 54 while on the road in New Orleans.
Nov. 10, 1987-
The Trail Blazers acquired Maurice Lucas from Seattle in exchange for a 1990 2nd round draft choice bringing “The Enforcer” back to Rip City for a final season in the NBA.
Nov. 10, 2006-
Portland overcomes a 26-point deficit to defeat New Orleans, 92-91, in the Rose Garden.
Nov. 13, 1990-
During the sixth game of an 11-0 start to the season that would lead to a franchise best 63 wins, the Trail Blazers proved that playing as a team is the best recipe for success. The men in red and black dished out a team record 49 assists—29 of them in the first half—in a monster 155-129 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Memorial Coliseum. Point guard Terry Porter led the assist party with 13 and Clyde Drexler pulled in right behind him with 12.
For your viewing pleasure: 155 points, killer assists, the Schonz on the call and Mark Bryant’s flat top. Perfection.