Hassan Whiteside put his mark on the Trail Blazers’ three-game winning streak by recording 10 blocks against the Bulls on Friday. His block total set Portland’s single-game record, passing a list of players that included legendary big man Bill Walton (who reached nine blocks on two occasions).
Here are the highlights from Whiteside’s dominant performance:
Hassan Whiteside blocked a FRANCHISE RECORD 1️⃣0️⃣ shots last night for the Trail Blazers pic.twitter.com/6owlkpW77T— NBA UK (@NBAUK) November 30, 2019
After the game, Damian Lillard spoke with The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman about Whiteside’s impactful performance.
“He had a great, great defensive performance,” Lillard said. “I thought it was pretty much the difference in the game for us. He came up big on the glass, rebounding out of his area and he blocked 10 shots. If they didn’t change (their offense), he probably would have blocked 15. That’s the version of him that we need to be the team that we planned on being to start the year.”
Whiteside supplemented his 10-block outburst with 15 rebounds and eight points, falling just two points shy of a rare blocks-led triple-double. Of the 60 times a player has registered a triple-double in a Blazers uniform, none of them have featured a line that included double-digit blocks.
Through 17 outings, Whiteside is averaging 14.8 points and 12.4 rebounds to go along with 2.2 blocks per game.