Easy one. The Blazers were never truly challenged by the Pistons Saturday night, rolling to a fairly relaxed victory. Damian Lillard led the Blazers in scoring, but nearly every player had a key moment. Portland seemingly did whatever they wanted against Detroit at both ends of the court, other than a small late Pistons run.
Here were a few essentials from Portland’s 12th straight victory:
- Wire-To-Wire Win. Portland took the lead at the start of the game and never gave it back. Detroit looked like they weren’t in the same league as the Blazers, and only temporarily closed the gap during the times when Lillard headed to the bench. The Pistons even struggled to hit shots when they were wide open. Both Blazers and Pistons fans likely had little doubt who would win this game for most of the night.
- Distributed Scoring. A classic ensemble performance from the Blazers tonight, who spread the love around against Detroit’s anemic defense. Seven players scored 9 or more points, seven different players had a steal, and 10 different players grabbed rebounds.
- Blake and Andre Who? Griffin and Drummond were irrelevant from the start, with Drummond only taking 5 shots through three quarters. A visibly-frustrated Griffin eventually slumped his shoulders after another drive to the rim came up empty. The much-vaunted pairing has landed with a massive thud after some early success.
The Blazers travel to Los Angeles tonight for a date with the Clippers tomorrow evening.