Blazers Win with a score of 104-85.
High scorers of the night being Dame with 22 and 7 assists, Nurk with 22 and 10 boards, and CJ with a pretty 19.
Blazers coming into this game know that the game is going to be super fast paced and in order to beat the Rockets you have to be able to keep up. Portland has not been starting games out very well at the start of this season, but this game seemed to be different. Dame came out of the locker room looking ready to play and proved it by hitting a fadeaway corner mid range jumper. Blazers continued the fast play by swinging the ball around throughout the first 5 minutes of the quarter. When it was time for the bench to start checking into the game the score was 16-13, Portland lead. Biggie got the minutes with the bench unit after his great performance from last game. The bench unit only got about 3 minutes to work with and didn't do much damage on the offensive end but did hold Houston to scoring only 2 points. Overall both teams shot very poorly with Blazers shooting 38.1% and Rockets shooting 19.2%. Very fast paced quarter and everyone seemed ready to compete.
Blazers lead 19-15 at the end of the 1st.
As expected, the 2nd quarter started out the same way the 1st started. Super fast pace, back and forth, and Houston shooting 3 after 3. Zach Collins continued to hassle every Rocket player that did choose to go to the basket and on offense he got an and-1 opportunity after getting the mismatch with Gerald Green on him. The bench unit sustained the lead before the starters came back in. Dame comes in and gets a turnover then makes up for it on the next play by blowing past Houston's new rookie and dumping off to big Nurk for the slam. Houston seemed to love switching their bigs onto our guards and Portland made them pay just about every possession during the quarter. Around the 4 minute mark Portland gained some momentum after Lillard gets an and-1 and goes up by 12 with 1:12 left. To make things even better, Lillard already had 15 and CJ had 14 points. Oh and Blazers shot 47.4% at this point while Houston was still shooting poorly, making 27.1% of their shots.
Blazers end the half up by 15 to a score of 51-36.
The 2nd half started and Portland was not done destroying! Dame keeps attacking the basket and making Houston pay for switching bigs on him, CJ shoots a butter smooth middy, and Nurkic gets 2 easy buckets made possible by Lillard. As Houston began to look worse and worse, Portland got better and better. Layman hits a corner 3, then Blazers get a stop and bring it back for a CJ iso against Cappella which results in a setback 3. D'Antoni let his guys play without using a timeout for a lot of the quarter and finally decided to use one at the 2:58 mark after the good guys were already leading by 28 points. The Blazers at this point just needed to hold onto their lead and they did just that.
Blazers lead by 23 now with a score of 85-62.
Many would have thought that maybe Houston would come out and play with a lot of heart and try to come back, but that was not the case in this quarter. Blazers bench kept their lead and never let go. The defense looked delightful, the offense was smooth, and to top things off they were competing against Houston's main men. Stott's didn't see any reason to have his starters come back into the game so he stayed with his 2nd lineup to play versus the Rockets starters. Rockets did try to make a little push but a little too late. Going on a 13-2 to cut the lead down to 16 with 3 minutes left but Terry sticks with the bench and Sauce hits the dagger 3! Nothing crazy ended up happening in the final 3 minutes and that solidified the Blazers victory.
Blazers end the game with the score being 104-85.
BLAZERS WIN! BLAZERS WIN!
TakeAways from tonights action:
Still too many open court turnovers
Passes could have been a little more on point
Promising aspects from the night:
Dame continued to prove he's an MVP player
Bench got to play against Houston's starters and kept the lead
First blowout win and against a very talented team
Held Houston to