It’s all smiles in PDX tonight after the Portland Trail Blazers knocked off the Indiana Pacers Friday night.
The Blazers were down seven with 5:30 to go in the fourth quarter to the Indiana Pacers, but went on a 20-9 run to end the game and steal a victory.
The heroics came primarily from deep, as the team made 17 of 39 threes coming from just four of the 10 players head coach Chauncey Billups played tonight.
Surprisingly, one of those players was not Damian Lillard, who struggled mightily for the team tonight, shooting just 2 of 13 from the field. Norman Powell picked up the slack, dropping down a trio of threes and 25 points. Anfernee Simons knocked down four threes of his own to contribute to a team-high 16 points off the bench. Robert Covington knocked down five threes himself, and tonight’s leading scorer, CJ McCollum, finished with five threes and a game-high 27.
The Pacers played like a gnat tonight. Every time the Blazers hopped out in front, the Pacers were right on their tail. It was a back-and-forth affair that was decided in the deep ball department, where the Blazers had the edge tonight.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Blazers.
Stay tuned for extended analysis of tonight’s game.
Portland gets right back at it tomorrow night at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tipoff is set for 7:30 PT on NBA TV.