Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 102, Knicks 91

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November 25, 2013

NOTES

• Portland 11-game win streak is tied for the fourth longest streak in a single season in team history (16, 1991; 13, 2007; 12, 2002).

• The Trail Blazers have now won 13 games this month, tied for the most wins in November in team history (1999).

• Portland’s 13-2 mark ties for the team’s second-best record through 15 games in franchise history (14-1, 1990-91; 13-2, 1999-2000).

• LaMarcus Aldridge’s 35 rebounds in the past two games are his most in consecutive games in his career.

• The Trail Blazers have scored at least 90 points in each of the season’s first 15 games for the first time since 1993-94.

• With his ninth rebound tonight LaMarcus Aldridge passed Sidney Wicks for fifth on the Trail Blazers All-Time rebounds list. Aldridge finished the game with 14 rebounds, bringing his career total to 4,092 rebounds.

• Nicolas Batum is the third NBA player ever with 200 points, 90 rebounds, 70 assists and 30 3-pointers through team’s first 15 games (A. Walker, G. Payton).

• Wesley Matthews is the only player in the league this season to have made three 3-pointers in six straight games, also a career-best streak for Matthews.

• Nicolas Batum shot 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from the floor tonight, his highest field goal percentage of the season. Batum’s previous season high was 57.1 percent (8-for-14) at Denver on Nov. 1.

• The Trail Blazers finished the first quarter with a season-high 16 point lead over the Knicks and scored a season-high tying 34 points in the quarter.

• LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his seventh double-double of the season, finishing the night with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

• Portland has now won three straight games against the Knicks and 11 out of the last 13 against New York at the Moda Center.

• New York has now lost six straight games, the longest losing streak for the Knicks since they lost six consecutive from March 4-12, 2012.

QUOTES

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LaMarcus Aldridge

On Tonight's Game:
“This game was kind of weird. I felt like from the beginning, we came out well and then it was just one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of energy in the game. We stayed with it and got a win tonight.”

On Effort To Be Aggressive, Getting Free Throws And Points In Paint:
“That’s every night. Guys felt good in the pick and rolls. Our guards read it well tonight. They got to the basket tonight too and that was good for us.”

On Approach When Knicks Cut Lead To Seven:
“Just slow down and move the ball around. We just felt like they weren’t really good in the pick and roll so just putting myself and Dame in the pick and roll. “

“Guys came out focused tonight. It was just one of those games where there wasn’t a lot of energy in the building tonight.”
What Do You Like About The Winning Streak?:
“That we’re winning ugly and pretty games like tonight. We didn’t shoot it great but I thought we made plays down the stretch offensively and defensively. We’re just winning different ways right now.”

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Robin Lopez

On Closing Out Games:
“I think we just screwed down, we just focused. I think that was good for us, playing with a lead getting used to that. We realized we can’t really let off the gas pedal.”

On Effort To Be Aggressive, Getting Free Throws And Points In Paint:
“In the past couple games we wanted to come out very aggressively in the first quarter. I think we accomplished that tonight, now we just need to do that consistently for a few more games and need to try to do that consistently for the entirety of the game as well.”

As A New Member Of This Team, Is 11-Game Win Streak Surprising?:
“Yes and no. This level of success, obviously, it’s usually not maintained. But I feel in a way, we’ve earned it. We’ve beat the teams we’re supposed to beat and for the most part, we’ve stayed consistent and we’ve stayed focused.”

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Terry Stotts

On Tonight's Game:
“One of the things we’ve been concerned about was how we’ve started games, especially defensively. I was really pleased with the way we set the tone in the first quarter particularly at the defensive end, and we maintained that throughout the first half. I thought that was a great effort. We’re a little disappointed we let them get back in it, but New York has a lot of talented scorers and three point shooters and we made a few mistakes.”

On Passing And Ball Movement:
“That’s who we are. We need to have that., We rely on the passing. I was kind of getting used to having 20-plus assists. To be honest, I thought especially in the first half, we had a lot of really good looking threes that didn’t go in because we were passing the ball well. That’s who we are. We’ve got LA on the block and we’ve got some penetration but our ball movement is really important.”

On Watson:
“Those kind of guys are special because he’s here, he’s accepted his role, he’s a great role model for the young guys and on top of that he can come out and help you win a game. He can change the complexion with his defense. He sees the floor really well and he’s filling a dual role being the mentor and doing everything – the guy comes in on game days at 4:00 and he’s out on the court and doing his work and sets a great example. But then against Golden State and then tonight, being able to come in and contribute to a win is special.”

On Difference Between First And Second Half:
“I thought the first half was exceptional in what we did at both ends. We gave up 52 in the second half and didn’t win a quarter. They were 0 for 6 from three in the first half and 6 for 9 in the second half. We didn’t win the second half. So the first half no question was better. Learning to play with the lead, it’s difficult in this league. You see teams give up leads a lot. The fact that they made their runs but never were in a position of striking distance.”

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Iman Shumpert

On What It Will Take To Get Him Going And Become More Involved:
"I'm not sure. We just, we're playing better, we move the ball better, everybody will get more involved. Right now, I feel that the ball is just sticking. And that just comes from frustration, guys just wanting to win, guys wanting to do more on the offensive end. Defensively, we have to pick it up."

On The Personal Initiative To Be More Offensively Aggressive And Where It's Gone:
"Like I said, I said it's with the frustration. Maybe the ball isn't moving as freely but that's to be expected when you're in a tough jam like this."

On The Difference In Performances Between This Year And Last:
"I think, like I said, when we're winning and playing better as a team, I play better as a player."

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J.R. Smith

On The Questionable Quality Of Referees Tonight:
"I'm not a ref, I can't really make that call."

On The First Quarter Deficit Tonight:
"Just came out playing harder and got a lot of lay-ups. They made it tough for us to score."

On The Second Through Fourth Quarter Difference:
"For some reason, we came to play three quarters of basketball instead of four. We have to make the transition to being a better four quarter team."

On When That Frustration Sets In In A Game Situation:
"When you lose six in a row, you keep talking about effort. You can't coach effort, you can't teach effort, that's just the game. You have to come out and play hard. If we don't come out and play hard, we're going to keep losing. If we keep losing, you know, make moves."

On His Frustration With The Team:
"I'm tired of losing. If I score zero points or if I score 50 points, I don't want to lose. I just hate losing."

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Mike Woodson

On The Breakdowns In The First Quarter:
"Well, they should be inspired. We came out not ready to play. The game was won in the first quarter. I thought we played Knick basketball the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter, but when you spot a good team that's been playing well 22 points, it's tough. We made a nice run at it but we have to do it for 48 minutes and that's where I'm trying to get this team."

On The Ability For Portland To Open Lillard Up Offensively:
We just weren't committed defensively. we were playing defense individually. No help was there. We went back in and kind of broke the tape down at halftime and watched it, but you have to be ready to play and somehow have to get them ready to play for four quarters.

On Portland's Ability To Take Away Wing Play From J.R. Smith And Iman Shumpert:
"I mean, they struggled tonight. Iman didn't have much of his tank the first quarter. He was just out there. I'll sit and talk with Iman tomorrow just to kind of see where his head is. J.R. got in foul trouble somewhat, but, again, it's those two guys - we're going to need them to play at a much higher pace before we can start winning."