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Blazers’ Scoot Henderson Notches New Career High, But He Isn’t Satisfied

“I felt alright you know just my main thing is winning,” Portland Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson said. “So if we didn’t win it’s like it don’t really matter.”

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Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Scoot Henderson achieved a new milestone in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Henderson, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, came off the bench to shoot 8 of 16 from the field for a career-high 19 points, beating out his old record of 17 points against the Utah Jazz on Dec. 2. But Henderson wasn’t really focused on his own stat line after the game.

“I felt alright you know just my main thing is winning,” Henderson said. “So if we didn’t win it’s like it don’t really matter.”

The Blazers have lost four games in a row, and while the team is still upbeat and aware of its status as a young, rebuilding team, it’s refreshing to see that Portland’s ideal face of the franchise has his priorities the way it is.

Henderson is a competitor, and that’s exactly the kind of player you want fronting the franchise and leading the way. As a lead guard with strong driving capabilities, Henderson knows that he’ll score plenty. But it all doesn’t matter unless the points go towards a win.

Henderson and the Blazers hope to snap their losing streak when they return home Thursday to host the division rival Utah Jazz. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.