Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 100, Hawks 85
March 27, 2014
• Mo Williams has tied a season high with 11 assists (March 9 at Houston).
• LaMarcus Aldridge now has as many 20-point, 15-rebound games this season (12) as the rest of his career combined.
• LaMarcus Aldridge has recorded his 10th game with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds this year, second in the NBA (Kevin Love).
• The Trail Blazers are only the seventh team in the NBA to win 20 road games this season (SA, OKC, GS, HOU, MEM, MIA).
• Six Trail Blazers scored in double-figures as they snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated the Hawks for the third straight time.
• LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his team-high 37th double-double of the season, tallying game-highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds in 32 minutes … He added two assists, a steal and a block.
• Damian Lillard hit a game-high four three-pointers and totaled 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes.
Atlanta outscored Portland 40-34 in the paint and 14-6 in fast break points.
• Elton Brand recorded his second double-double of the season, tallying 11 points (5-10 FGs, 1-1 FTs) and a team-high 12 rebounds … He added two assists, one steal and a block in 30 minutes.
• Jeff Teague paced the Hawks with 22 points, adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes … Teague went 10-18 from the field, marking his team-high tying eighth game with at least 10 FGM this season … He extended his free-throws made streak to 13-in-a-row … Over the last eight home games, Teague has averaged 23.8 points, 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 35.6 minutes (.538 FG%, .542 3FG%, .879 FT%).
• Lou Williams scored in double-figures for the third consecutive game, leading all reserves with 16 points in 30 minutes … Williams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.
• DeMarre Carroll’s 11 points (5-6 FGs, 1-2 3FGs) marked his fourth straight game scoring in double-figures … He added four rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes … Over the last four games, Carroll is averaging 14.5 points on .583 FG% and .500 3FG%, shooting above .500 from the field in three of the four contests.
• Entering the game eighth in the NBA in steals (1.78 per game), Paul Millsap had a game-high two thefts … He added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.
• For the second consecutive game, Mike Muscala hit a career-high with three field goals, scoring six points in 18 minutes ... He added four rebounds (including a career-high three offensive boards).
On Having Aldridge Back:
“We’re a whole different team with him. He’s our best player. He brings balance to our team. We had an inside presence and we were able to play inside out, like we have all year. I just think with him out there we just got more quality shots.”
On Team's Reaction When Atlanta Cut The Lead To Six Points:
“We had a really good defensive game. We shot the ball well. I thought that came back to us executing. We just had that confidence that we controlled the game. We knew what we could go to to get good shots. We were defending well and we would be able to get stops. We just had to tighten up when they cut (into) the lead. They did it a couple of times, but each time we were able to tighten up and we were able to pull it out.”
On Tonight's Game:
“It’s good to have LaMarcus (Aldridge) back. It’s good to have a good defensive game. It was a good night. (LaMarcus) looked very good. We planned on playing him 32 minutes. He made the most of those minutes he had. Obviously, he rebounded the ball extremely well. He rebounded the ball in a crowd. I like the way he took the ball to the paint. He competed inside. He didn’t shy away from any contact. His stroke looked good, and defensively he was locked into our gameplan. The first play of the game we tried to get him the ball, but to be honest I thought we just played our normal game as far as various offensive options. We were a little slow offensively. We didn’t score a lot in the first quarter, but I really liked the way we were defending and rebounding. Atlanta was down some of their main threats. They are a three-point shooting team, so that affected the game. I thought as the game progressed we got more in a rhythm as to how we want to play.”
On Tonight's Game:
“It was tough for us once we got behind. Aldridge came back and hit some big shots. We closed the gap a little bit but couldn’t make up that six-point gap.”
On The Team Mentality:
“We’re still fighting of course. We’re going to continue to do that. The last seven out of 10 are at home, so we’re getting ready for that home stretch. We’re trying to get focused and trying to get healthy for that. We’ll let the chips fall where they may, but we have confidence in ourselves.”
On Recent Stretcht:
“We’re all professionals. We’ve all been in similar situations as we’re in. We just have to stay positive.”
On Saturday's Game In Washington:
“We’re not worried about Washington. We’re just worried about us and playing basketball, and just having fun.”
On Tonight's Game:
“Portland and LaMarcus Aldridge deserve a lot of credit. He had a tough couple of games and hasn’t been able to play. Then he comes back and has a big game. I think our group…there were stretches where we really competed. We cut some leads, and got it to six at one point. Lou Williams gave us a huge boost off the bench. He gave us a lot of energy. His competitive spirit you could feel. The whole group - in trying times and trying circumstances - has given a lot. Jeff Teague’s energy to start the game, Jeff Teague’s energy throughout the game allowed us to be close. We’re finding ourselves. We need to be disciplined and focused. In those stretches where we’re not, it can hurt us and it can bite us. We’re fighting ourselves and digging ourselves out of a hole. Last night was not one of our better nights. The group responded tonight.”
On The Fourth Quarter:
“We had a couple of chances. They made a couple of tough shots. You have to make plays down the stretch. Maybe we didn’t have enough juice to make the plays. You can never get inside their bodies and know exactly. Portland was able to make a couple of plays and keep it at six or at eight, keep it at 10. We weren’t quite able to cut it to four or two. We’ve had a trying schedule, but our group doesn’t care and nobody in the NBA cares. Everybody goes through it. They’re on a heck of a road trip. That’s part of our league.”