Thirteen in a row! The Portland Trail Blazers had an easy time with the struggling LA Clippers, putting them away 122-109 to tie their second-longest winning streak in franchise history. So what happened? Not much actually, just your pedestrian whupping of an inferior opponent. Here were a few essentials from tonight.
- No fear. The Blazers toyed with the Clippers all night, responding to each run like a cat batting away a pestering moth.
- More distributed play. Just like the previous night, the Blazers spread the scoring around. Every starter scored 16 or more points, led by Damian Lillard’s surprisingly-quiet 23 points on 13 shots.
- Hail to the defense, baby. One day after Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy complained about Portland’s physical defense (to the glee of Terry Stotts), the Blazers gave the Clippers no chance. Portland’s 6 blocks and 7 steals don’t tell the story, as their swarming defense, combined with Jusuf Nurkic’s imposing inside presence, prevented any easy shots.
- Terry Stotts moves up a notch. With the win, Stotts is now the third-winningest head coach in Blazers history. He won his 267th game tonight. He’s still behind Jack Ramsay and Rick Adelman, but surpassed Nate McMillan. Speaking of which...
- Let’s take a look back! Some highlights of the legendary Brandon Roy-led team that won 13 straight in 2007. Sorry about the video quality.
A big one. The top team in the NBA, the Houston Rockets, is in town Tuesday night.