Blazers Burn Heat

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I can’t believe what just happened…

Not much I can say but display the stats…

Miami Heat: LeBron James had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chris Bosh had 29 and Dwayne Wade had 18.

Blazers: Nicolas Batum was the man to beat with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Wesley Matthews had 18 points and 2 CLUTCH 3-pointers. Damian Lillard had 10 points and 8 assists. JJ Hickson had 8 points and 10 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds.

The final: Portland Trail Blazers 92, Miami Heat 90

Until next time,

~basketball1367

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Blazers Put Away Struggling Magic in Extra Period

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The Orlando Magic entered this contest 12-21 and on an eight game losing skid, and tried to change that in the Rose Garden. Although they played outstandingly well, giving the Blazers a run for their money, the Blazers gutted out the win.

The Blazers had a three point lead with about 16 seconds remaining, but Magic guard Jameer Nelson hit an improbable three to tie the game with 8.9 seconds remaining. Damian Lillard had a chance to seal the game at the end of regulation, but came up empty on the buzzer-beating attempt.

For the Magic, JJ Redick went off from deep (6-10) scoring 29 points to lead all scorers. Arron Afflalo had 24, Jameer Nelson had 21, and Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Blazers, 4 players had double-doubles, led by LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Damian Lillard had 18 points and 10 assists, JJ Hickson had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Nicolas Batum had 16 points and 10 assists, and Wesley Matthews had 24 points. All Blazers who played scored. Ronnie Price had 8, Luke Babbitt had 6, Victor Claver had 4, and Joel Freeland had 2. Sasha Pavlovic (coach’s decision), Jared Jeffries (coach’s decision), and Meyers Leonard (sprained right ankle) did not play.

The final, in overtime: Portland Trail Blazers 125, Orlando Magic 119

BLAZERSWIN!

Until next time,

~basketball1367

Blazers Survive Late Timberwolves Rally

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On Saturday evening, the Blazers took on the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the Timberwolves were without All-Star and reigning 3-point Shooting Contest victor Kevin Love, as well as Ricky Rubio.

The game started out close and entertaining. However, the end of the second quarter was when Portland made their run to take a 53-43 lead into halftime. The Blazers continued to increase the lead with a barrage of shots from beyond the arc. The largest lead was 22 at 73-51. However, the fourth quarter was Timberwolves time. The Wolves cut it as close as 2, 96-94, with 1:30 remaining on a Derrick Williams dunk, but Portland nailed another deep shot to put the game away for good.

Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum both had 26 points off 5 3-pointers. Damian Lillard continued his outstanding rookie campaign for the Rookie of the Year award, tonight finishing with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge had a near triple-double with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. JJ Hickson may have had an off-night shooting, but his rebounding was consistent. He had 2 points and 11 rebounds.

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The final: Portland Trail Blazers 102, Minnesota Timberwolves 97

Until next time,

~basketball1367

Blazers Defeat Grizzlies in Thrilling Fashion

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Entering the game today, the Grizzlies were one of the Western Conference elite teams, especially on their home court. The Blazers were able to gut out a win in a game in which Memphis forward Zach Randolph was out with “flu-like symptoms.”

The Blazers trailed by 1 at the end of the first period and 3 at the half, but were able to tie it up at 72 entering the final quarter. With 38.9 seconds remaining and the Blazers leading by 1, 85-84, Aldridge missed a turn around jumper, and both Batum and Hickson put-backs were no good. The Grizzlies corralled the rebound but Mike Conley missed a lay-up and Batum gathered the rebound. With 2.1 seconds left, Aldridge was fouled by Speights, and made the second of the two free-throws, putting Portland up 86-84. The Grizzlies had a chance to tie or win with a 3-point field goal, but Rudy Gay missed a free-throw line jumper.

Wesley Matthews led the Blazers in scoring with 21 points, including 5 3-pointers. JJ Hickson continued his double-double ways with 19 points and 11 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge also recorded a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Nicolas Batum had 11 points and 5 rebounds, and Damian Lillard had 11 points and 8 assists. Off the bench, the Blazers got 5 points from Luke Babbitt and 4 from Will Barton.

The final: Portland Trail Blazers 86, Memphis Grizzlies 84

Until next time,

~basketball1367

Blazers Falter to Thriving Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors started their season 4-19, when they lost their “star” player, Andrea Bargnani. Since then, they have gone 7-1, giving them a 11-20 record entering the game. However, their play was not what their record indicated to be, as the Blazers found out tonight.

The last time these two teams met about a month ago in Portland, the Blazers shot a dismal 0-20 from deep, a NBA record for most missed 3-point attempts without a make in a single game. However, they won that game by 18 points. Members of the Raptors organization were saying that that game currently is the low-light of their season.

Tonight, the Raptors got off to the start they wanted, scoring the first 10 points in about 2 minutes. The Blazers were unable to recover. The Blazers trailed by as many as 25 points in the 4th quarter.

For the Raptors, they were led by Jefferson High School product Terrence Ross, who scored a career-high 26 points on a career-high 6 3-pointers. DeMar DeRozan netter 24 for the Raptors. The Blazers were led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. However, the effort was not enough for the Blazers to dig themselves out of the hole they had dug themselves in.

Also, just for your information, this is your reminder that the Blazers (16-15) have a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers (16-16).

The Blazers fall to the Raptors tonight in Air Canada Center, Toronto. The final: Toronto Raptors 102, Portland Trail Blazers 79.

Until next time,

~basketball1367

Blazers Start 2013 With BIG Win

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The Blazers entered Madison Square Garden 15-14 heading into 2013, and came out with a positive sign for the year to come. The Blazers improved to 6-2 in games decided by 5 points or less, and although it can’t continue for long, it is fun to watch, no doubt.

Carmelo Anthony netted 45 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, but that effort was in a waste, as Steve Novak (0-4 from deep) went cold and the Knicks went 10-37 from beyond the arc.

For the good guys, LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds, 7 of them on the offensive end in 38 minutes. Damian Lillard went clutch with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Nicolas Batum continued his outstanding play as of late, and although it wasn’t  a triple-double, it definitely lived up to his contract. He recorded 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in 40 minutes. In his game back from a strained hip flexor and hip contusion, Wesley Matthews recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 29 minutes.

The downside for the Blazers tonight in terms of stats came from JJ Hickson. Although he produced as normal, he was unable to record his 10th straight double-double, ending the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.

The Blazers walked on to the big stage and stole the show tonight. The final: Portland Trail Blazers 105, New York Knicks 100.

Until next time,

~basketball1367