Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 110, Magic 94
January 8, 2014
• The Trail Blazers improve to 13-0 this season when limiting their opponents to fewer than 100 points.
• Nicolas Batum has recorded the fourth triple-double of his career (14 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists), all coming within the last year (first on Jan. 21, 2013).
• Nicolas Batum is just the fifth player to record at least four career triple-doubles with Portland (Drexler – 21, Porter – 7, Wicks – 7, Walton – 5).
• Nicolas Batum set a new career high with 14 assists tonight.
• Nicolas Batum joins Rajon Rondo (5), Kevin Durant (4) and LeBron James (4) as the only NBA players with at least four triple-doubles over the past two seasons.
• Mo Williams scored 12 points tonight, leading all players coming off the bench. The Trail Blazers are 13-1 when Williams scores in double figures.
• Nicolas Batum is the first Trail Blazer to record a triple-double with at least 14 assists since Rod Strickland (2/15/95 at Phoenix).
• Nicolas Batum recorded his third straight double-double tonight, the first time he has recorded three consecutive double-doubles in his career.
• The Trail Blazers are now 7-3 at home when trailing at halftime this season.
• The Trail Blazers opened the fourth quarter on a 12-3 run.
• LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points in the first half of tonight’s game, his highest first half total this season and just three shy of his first half career high. Aldridge also scored 14 points in the first quarter of tonight’s game, his highest first quarter total this season and four shy of his first quarter career high.
• CJ McCollum appeared in his first NBA game tonight after missing 32 games due to a fractured left foot and two games due to an assignment with the Idaho Stampede (34 games total). McCollum recorded four points, two rebounds and one steal in his first NBA appearance.
• With his first free throw of the night, LaMarcus Aldridge surpassed Geoff Petrie for seventh on the Trail Blazers all time made free throws list (1,793).
• Tonight marks LaMarcus Aldridge’s 544th career game, tying Rasheed Wallace for ninth most by a Trail Blazer in team history.
On Being Aggressive, Especially In The Fourth:
“I was just trying to get back to being angry. Like I said after the Brooklyn game – a new level of angry, a new level of mad. Not to say I toned it down, but over the course of the season, I might have lost a little bit of it, so I had to get it back.”
On Playing As "The Hunted":
“We’ve still got to get better at it. If we weren’t going to get every team’s best shot before, we’re definitely going to get it now. Having dropped two games in a row to two sub-.500 teams, teams that we’re supposed to beat, every team now is going to come in and think that they can get a win and want to get a win. They’re going to get up for games to play against Portland. We’ve got to rise to the occasion.”
What Does It Require To Succeed In These Situations?:
“We have to impose our will – to continue to remember what got us that 11 game winning streak. It wasn’t shooting great from the three. Over that streak, I don’t know what our shooting percentage was, but we were probably 44, 45 percent. It was just alright. But we’re a third-rated defensive team. Golden State is on an 11-game winning streak right now and they’re a fourth-rated defensive team. Can they score the ball? Absolutely, but they’re stopping people.”
On Fourth Quarter Success Tonight:
“Our energy level – we were just playing at a high level – and a lot of other things. It’s funny, offense starts to click when you do everything else right – when you’re helping, when you’re rotating, when you’re stunting, when you’re rebounding, when you’re boxing out, hitting the floor, when you’re checking cutters, talking on defense – when you take care of all that stuff, then everything else starts to flow.”
On Breaking Out Of "Mini-Slump" Tonight:
“Anytime you can get a win, it’s good, especially to start this long home stand we’ve got. Our fans have been great. Our crowd has been great all season and we owed that to them, we owed that to ourselves and owed that to them to get a win tonight.”
On Tonight's Game:
“Well we need that one. I was pleased for a lot of reasons. I thought our defense to start the game, our defense in the fourth quarter obviously was very good. Thomas Robinson came in and gave us nice energy in the fourth quarter. Wes carried us midway through the second half and LA was great all night.”
On McCollum's First Game:
“He was good. I thought he tried to play the right way. It was a good opening night. It was a physical, fast paced game. I didn’t think he tried to do too much. He executed things well. He made some mistakes, but I thought for a first outing, it was good to get him out on the court.”
On Falling Behind By 12 In The First-Half:
“We had defensive letdowns. I thought loose balls – they played with a little bit more energy and urgency than we did. We didn’t necessarily shoot the ball well. A lot of times it’s a combination of both things. I was disappointed with our defense in the second quarter, and like I said, our urgency affecting the game.”
On Playing With An Edge:
“It’s important for us to play with an edge. Look, teams get up for everybody. I know that it’s important for us to play with an edge and I’ve said before, playing like we have something to prove. We may have gotten away from that a little bit, but I think that has to be a little bit of our calling card.”
On batum getting Triple Double With Broken Finger:
“Last night in Sacramento, I thought he was tentative early in the game. As the game progressed in Sacramento, he looked more and more comfortable with it. Tonight, he hits that first shot and was aggressive and it didn’t look like he had any effects from it. It’s easy for me to say – I’m sure it’s bothering him, but I didn’t think he played like it was affecting him.”
On What Needs To Change To Win Games Like This:
"You have to take your shots down the stretch and you have to defend. "
On The Change In The Momentum In The Fourth:
"They got a lot of 3's up in the fourth quarter and we had done a good job in the first half containing them on the three. In the second half, the fourth quarter in particular, they hit some shots and LaMarcus had it going as well."
On Whether Or Not The Effort Was High Enough Tonight:
"No, we need to win, man. Effort is mandatory. You don't feel good about effort, it's mandatory. That's how you play the game."
On Intensity Tonight
"I thought our intensity was good in the first half, we just got off course in the second half. We need to continue to do all the right things and play the game on both ends of the court the right way for 48 minutes. Whatever it takes to get wins, but you have to give them some credit as well, they played well in the fourth quarter."
On What Changed In The Fourth:
"That's a good ball club over there, that's what changed. They start the same line-up the whole year and they brought a winning approach in the fourth quarter, but I'm proud of my guys. We fought hard tonight.”
“Everyone has to be ready to play, you have to do your part. That's what we always talk about. The starters cannot play the whole game and we need guys to step up and be in the game and do their job. They did their job early in the game and we'll count on them in the second quarter and the fourth quarter and therein lies a team."
On Amount Of Fight Displayed Tonight:
"We fought the entire game. We're short handed and guys really pulled for each other. We contained the 3-point shooting in the first three quarters and they end up making 3's in the fourth. You give them a lot of credit, that's a good team."
On What Allowed Them To Take Control In The Fourth Quarter:
"Tough shots, you know, [Victor Oladipo] has a shot he can test Lillard, [Jameer Nelson] has one he can test Mo Williams in the corner, LaMarcus hits tough shots the entire night. So, overall you give them credit for making shots, but we were there contesting."