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Blazers vs. Pistons Final Score: 118-99; Portland Extends Detroit's Woes in Blowout

Damian Lillard had 28 points, and the Blazers pounded the Detroit Pistons at home.

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard had 28 points and 9 assists, LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 7 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers pounded the Detroit Pistons, 118-99 Friday night at Moda Center.

Detroit seemingly could not miss to start the game, with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond enforcing their will on the offensive glass.  When Portland needed a quick spark, it came in the form of Lillard.  Lillard shot 5-of-7 in the quarter for 13 points and Portland built an 11 point advantage.  Aldridge had 10, Arron Afflalo had 6, and the Blazers led 35-24 after one.

The Pistons got within six in the second quarter versus the Portland bench, but the reserve big men would not be denied.  Meyers Leonard had 8 in the quarter on 3-of-3 shooting, Chris Kaman added 6, and the Blazers kicked out to a lead as large as 18.  Robin Lopez contributed seven when he returned from his rest, and Portland led by 18 at halftime.

The Blazers led by as many as 21 in the third quarter as Aldridge scored ten in the period, while Afflalo and Lillard added five.  Detroit cut the lead down to as little as 12 behind a three point barrage from Caron Butler, and the play of Jodie Meeks.  The Pistons focused on forcing CJ McCollum to chase down the speedy Meeks, resulting in Meeks scoring 12 on the night versus McCollum.  Despite Detroit's rally, Portland led by 17 after three.

Kaman scored six quick points in the final period to hold off a Detroit rally.  He would lead finish with 14 points and 6 rebounds.  Lillard checked back in halfway through the quarter and immediately sent the game into Lillard Time, hitting back-to-back threes to put the lead to 20 and the game out of reach.

Late with the game out of reach, Shawne Williams antagonized Leonard and Joel Freeland, starting a brief scuffle.  Williams headbutted Freeland, and Freeland headbutted him back.  Both Williams and Freeland were ejected.

Leonard finished with a season-high 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the bench.  Afflalo had 15, while Lopez had 11 points, though just 3 rebounds.   Steve Blake did not score but had seven assists.


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