The Miami Heat made things interesting in the fourth quarter, but the Portland Trail Blazers hung on for the 115-99 victory Monday night at Moda Center, extending their impressive win streak to double digits, the most since they won 11 in a row in November of 2013. Damian Lillard lead the Blazers with 32 points and 11 assists, and Goran Dragic was Miami’s top scorer with 23 points.
Here are a few takeaway’s from tonight’s game:
- Nurk goes beast mode. Jusuf Nurkic came out aggressive early and never looked back, taking advantage of Hassan Whiteside’s absence. Nurk had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks...in the first half. He finished the night with 27 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
- Heat rally not enough. Miami was able to trim the deficit to just three points midway through the fourth quarter, sparked by Justice Winslow, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds on the night. The Blazers recovered thanks to late game heroics from both Lillard and Nurkic, among others.
- Battle of the bulldogs. Former Gonzaga big men Zach Collins and Kelly Olynyk both had productive nights off the bench. Collins had 10 points and four boards for the Blazers while Olynyk chipped in nine points, five rebounds and seven assists for the Heat.
The Blazers host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday at Moda Center. Stay tuned for more analysis from tonight’s game on Blazer’s Edge.