What better way to ring in the new year.The Trail Blazers blew out the Golden State Warriors Friday night 123-98, holding an opponent under 100 points the first time this season.
The Blazers got off to a hot start with CJ McCollum scoring 16 of his 28 points in the 1st quarter. McCollum start hitting threes (4/5) and his teammates followed suit with even Jusuf Nurkic hitting only his second three pointer of the season.
The Blazers built a double digit lead and never looked back. Lillard who didnt make a three last game against the Clippers was 6 of 10 on the night from deep and finished with 34 points and 8 assists.
Carmelo Anthony scored 18 points off the bench to surpass Tim Duncan as 14th on the NBA’s all time scoring list.
Stephen Curry finished with 26 points on a rough shooting night (4-12 from deep). Draymomd Green went scoreless on his season debut, after missing games due to coronavirus. Rookie James Wiseman showed sparks, sophomore Eric Paschall had another good game vs Portland, but it wasnt enough as Portland practically walked to the buzzer with an east win.
Rodney Hood left in the 2nd quarter and didnt return. He was listed as out with a sore quad. Gary Trent Jr missed his 2nd game in a row since injuring his hamstring vs the Lakers.
Ex Blazer Alert – Kent Bazemore put up 8 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist in 17 minutes of play. Bazemore hit a three during a Warriors run to combat the Blazers early fireworks show, but was elst flat throughout much of the game.
All of the Blazers starters finished with a +29 or higher in plus/minus.