The Portland Trail Blazers were cooking in Brooklyn on Sunday, snapping their 3-game losing streak with a 129-109 victory over the Nets. CJ McCollum led all scorers with 33-points and a season-high six 3-pointers, but it was a collective effort to get back on track. The team shot a blistering 57.6 percent from the floor, and even the deep bench earned some highlights when the Trail Blazers’ lead became insurmountable.
Portland's 70 points are a season high for any half this season.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) November 20, 2016
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But despite McCollum’s Herculean performance, Lillard’s circus shot, and Tim Quarterman’s put-back dunk, it was Evan Turner who made the largest mark on this game, scoring 19 points off the bench in his best shooting night of the season.
– video via CSN NW
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian writes:
The backup forward made his first four shots and scored 12 points in his first shift, setting the table for his best performance in a Blazers uniform. When it was all said and done, Turner recorded a season-high 19 points, four assists and four rebounds, while making 8 of 12 shots.
"That was the Evan Turner I've watched on film and seen in the past," Meyers Leonard said. "I obviously watch a lot of NBA basketball and that's the Evan Turner I think we all know. Moves the ball. Smart player. Can score in (isolations). It was fun."
Jason Quick of CSN NW adds:
Turner finished with 19 points -- his most since joining Portland in the offseason -- while Leonard added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both Leonard and Crabbe hit four three pointers and the bench rotation went 18-for-30 from the field before the end of the bench played the final four minutes.
The Trail Blazers play their next game on Tuesday against the New York Knicks, before taking on the reigning champions in Cleveland the following night to finish their 5-game road trip. It hasn’t been easy, and the Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back looks like a schedule loss from here, but things are looking up for the Trail Blazers if they can continue firing on all cylinders.