Nov. 14, 1990-
Just another night in November when Terry Porter goes on a hot-streak from behind the arc. No big deal, right? Wrong. On this night our beloved No. 30 decided he wasn’t going to miss a single shot from downtown. Seven shots and seven makes later he set an NBA record for the most three-pointers made without a miss in a game. The commanding 130-116 win over Golden state was the icing on the record-setting cake. Mmmm, so good. Though his record has since been surpassed, TP is still in the upper echelon of 100 percent three-point shooting and is certainly at the top of the Trail Blazers lists.
And you know I wouldn’t leave you with out a highlight reel of this little diddy—check it.
Nov. 14, 1997-
It’s not easy to play all 48 minutes in a basketball game, let alone a battle from start to finish. The brutality of the physical impact becomes even more apparent when a matchup pushes into overtime and you can actually see players hit a wall. When that’s the case in a regular game and even a single OT, imagine the endurance necessary for a quadruple overtime game. By the time you get to the fourth you’re out of breath and ready to call it a night. On the same note you want to push for a win because you’ve come so far. For the Trail Blazers, their longest game in franchise history came in just that fashion. Three hours and 47 minutes of basketball in the form of 4 overtimes resulted in a heartbreaking loss to Phoenix 140-139. Long and arduous to come so close.
Nov. 19, 2000-
It was a day for records for Scottie Pippen. He booked his 2,000th career steal and became the seventh player in NBA history to top the 2,000 mark. By the time he retired in 2004 he’d worked his way to the 6th spot on the all time career steals leaderboard with 2.307 steals. As of today only 10 other players have passed the 2,000 mark and most of their names are very familiar. John Stockton leads the way with 3,265 steals. His Airness Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler also make the list. The top 30 has a heavy contingent of former players with ties to the Trail Blazers. Alongside Pippen and Drexler are Terry Porter and coaches Nate McMillan and Hersey Hawkins. Five of the top 30 is a pretty strong showing by my count.