2013-14 Season Notes

Notes from 2013-14 Trail Blazers season
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  • The Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2000.
  • Portland clinched its 30th NBA Playoff appearance since joining the league in 1970, tied for fourth-most in the NBA in that time.
  • Portland’s 21-game improvement (33 wins to 54) is the largest wins increase between 82-game seasons in team history (20, 1988-89 to 1989-90).
  • Portland’s 54 wins tied for sixth-most in franchise history and the most since 2008-09 (also 54).
  • The Trail Blazers finished 13-3 vs. the Northwest, tied for best record by any team since the Northwest Division formed in 2004-05 (Oklahoma City, 2010-11).
  • The Trail Blazers had the NBA’s best record after beginning the season with a 24-5 mark.
  • Head Coach Terry Stotts was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for November after leading the Trail Blazers to a 13-3 record and an 11-game win streak.
  • Portland’s 81.5% free throw shooting this year led the NBA, set a franchise record and is the 14th-best mark by any team in NBA history.
  • Portland’s 770 3-pointers made this season are a franchise record and the 14th-most by any team in league history.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge joins Sidney Wicks (1971-72) as the only Trail Blazers to average at least 23 points and 11 rebounds in a season. He ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring (8th, 23.2) and rebounding (7th, 11.1).
  • LaMarcus Aldridge’s postseason scoring (6th, 26.2) and rebounding (9th, 10.6) averages rank in the top 10 in Trail Blazers playoff history.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scored a Trail Blazers playoff franchise-record 46 points in Game 1 vs. Houston (45, Bonzi Wells, 4/23/03 at Dallas). He became the first player with 46+ points and 18+ rebounds in a road playoff win since Elgin Baylor in the 1962 NBA Finals.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the weeks ending on Dec. 15, Dec. 8 and Nov. 24. He became the first Trail Blazer to win the award three times in a season since Clyde Drexler (1990-91).
  • On Dec. 12 against Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge posted the first 30-point, 25-rebound game in Trail Blazers history.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge became the fifth player in franchise history to be selected an NBA All-Star three times, joining Clyde Drexler (8), Sidney Wicks (4), Maurice Lucas (3) and Brandon Roy (3).
  • LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard became Portland’s first pair of All-Star teammates since 1994 (Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson).
  • Damian Lillard became the first NBA player to participate in five competitions during All-Star Weekend. He joined Dwyane Wade (2006, 2007) as the only NBA players to win the NBA Skills Challenge in back-to-back years.
  • Damian Lillard broke his own franchise record and ranked third in the NBA with 218 3-pointers made on the season.
  • With his thrilling Game 6 3-pointer, Damian Lillard became the only Trail Blazer and first NBA player to make a buzzer-beating shot to win a playoff series since John Stockton (5/29/97 at Houston).
  • Damian Lillard became the first NBA player with 31+ points and 9+ rebounds in his first career playoff game since LeBron James (4/22/06 vs. Washington).
  • In Game 1 at Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard became the first teammates with 45+ points (Aldridge) and 30+ points (Lillard) in the same playoff game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1992 with the Chicago Bulls.
  • Nicolas Batum became the second player in NBA history with 600+ rebounds, 400+ assists and 145+ 3-pointers in a season (Antoine Walker, twice).
  • Robin Lopez set the Trail Blazers team record with 326 offensive rebounds in a season. He ranked seventh in the NBA in field goal shooting (55.1%) and eighth in blocks (1.70).
  • Wesley Matthews notched career marks with 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers per game. He also tallied a career-high 201 3-pointers, second-most by a Trail Blazer all-time.
  • The Trail Blazers won 15 of their first 20 road games for only the third time in team history (15-5, 1999-00; 15-5, 1990-91).
  • Portland won 11 consecutive games from Nov. 8-25, the most consecutive wins for the Trail Blazers since the team won 13 straight from Dec. 3-30, 2007 and tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in a single season in team history.
  • Portland registered a franchise-record 21 3-pointers twice this season (Jan. 2 vs. Charlotte, Dec. 14 at Philadelphia), becoming the first NBA team ever to record at least 21 3-pointers twice in one season.
  • Four players started all 82 regular season games for the Trail Blazers (Batum, Lillard, Lopez, Matthews) for the first time in team history. The Trail Blazers used only two different starting lineups this year, the fewest in any season in team history.