Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 119, Kings 123
January 7, 2014
• Kings and Blazers combine for an arena record 89 points in the fourth quarter (previous record was 87 (Kings 46; New Jersey 41) on March 16, 1994.
• Damian Lillard scored 26 points in the fourth quarter, surpassing Kevin Martin’s 24 points in the fourth quarter vs. New Orleans on Feb. 23, 2009 for a new arena record. Lillard also tied the arena records for most three-pointers made (5) and attempted (8) in a quarter.
• Portland fell one point shy of tying the Sleep Train Arena record for most points in a quarter, 47, set by Seattle on Feb. 17, 2002.
• The Trail Blazers fall to 26-9 overall, 13-5 on the road. Portland allowed a season-high 123 points (prev. 120, twice).
• Damian Lillard scored a career-high 41 points, 26 coming in the fourth quarter. Lillard’s previous career-high was 38, April 10, 2013, vs. L.A. Lakers. Lillard has just four points (1-15 FG, 0-5 3pt, 2-4 FT) in the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 9, 2013.
• Nicolas Batum recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
• Damian Lillard's 26 points in the fourth quarter are a new franchise record for points in any quarter (25-Terry Porter, 11/14/92 at GS).
• Damian Lillard is the 2nd NBA player to ever make 110+ 3-pointers in his team’s first 35 games of a season, joining Ray Allen (2005-06).
• DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 21st double-double with a season-high-tying 35 points and game-high 13 rebounds. It was Cousins’ 17th 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season. It was his seventh 30-point game of the season. Cousins has recorded double-doubles in each of the last eight contests.
• Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points (previous, 30, twice). It was the most points he has scored since joining the Kings (previous, 26, twice).
• The last time the Kings had two 30-point scorers was on Dec. 9, 2013, vs. Dallas as Cousins tallied 32 points and Derrick Williams had a career-high 31 points.
• Isaiah Thomas tallied 22 points, a season-high-tying seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals. It was Thomas’ 18th 20-point effort of the season, and his third straight.
On Tonight's Performance:
“I just didn’t want to lose the game. We had some good spurts of offense and then bad spurts of defense and then bad spurts of offense and good defense. We just need to be more consistent but when it came down to it we still had a chance to win the game. That’s all that I was thinking about.”
On Taking Over Late In The Game:
"I hit a few shots. I feel like I just need to stay aggressive. My teammates, they just keep encouraging me because they know that with three’s you can put points up on the board fast and once I make a few I could get going. Tonight I was able to get a few shots in, keep giving us life. We just came up short.”
Match Up With DeMarcus Cousins:
“That’s a tough matchup but it didn’t take away from me this game. Yeah, we wanted to win that one but I think we can turn these last few games into a positive. We knew from the beginning when we started winning games this wasn’t going to be wine and roses and I don’t think that we want to get our first sign of adversity in the playoffs. So if we can come out of these past few games with a positive message I think it will be for the better.”
On Tonight's Game:
“We had a little bit of everything. At times tonight other than the first quarter we had trouble defending. Part of the night we had trouble scoring. Turnovers gave us trouble in the first half. We did a nice job keeping their putbacks to a minimum but in the end we didn’t get enough stops obviously, especially in the second half. You know, I thought in the second half our defense was alright but a lot of their offense came off of our turnovers. Second half they were aggressive taking the ball to the basket and we didn’t get the stops that we need.”
On Damian Lillard:
“That’s the way Damian plays. He’s a competitor and at no time does he ever think he’s out of the game. He’s done that a lot for us in the two years that he’s been here. He’s a special player.”
On Match Up With Sacramento:
“They’re a strong physical team and when they play Rudy Gay and (Derrick) Williams together, they’re physical players. Obviously, (DeMarcus) Cousins and (Jason) Thompson are physical players. (Quincy) Acy’s physical so they use that to their advantage.”
On Scoring Over 30 Points:
“I’m just being aggressive. Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay made a lot of plays for me tonight. I ran a lot of one-on-one post-ups. My guards just did a great job of making plays for me.”
On Rudy Gay:
“Rudy was incredible. He hit some big shots for us and created a lot of great plays. It was a great team effort tonight. Jason Thompson had a tough assignment, guarding LaMarcus Aldridge, but he did a good job.”
On DeMarcus Cousins:
“Cousins is underrated, as far as his basketball IQ. I think that he knows how to play the game. I’m here just to make him better and to make the team better.”
On The Team's Progress:
“Obviously, we need to get this team somewhere where everyone can shine. It’s not just about Cousins, it’s not just about me—it’s about us. As we get better, I think that everyone is going to get noticed.”
On Giving Up 60 First Half Points:
“I’m going to concentrate on the 13 points that we gave up in the third quarter. I’m going to focus on the 43% that we held that team to. Damian Lillard is a great player—he’s an all-star, like Kobe Bryant said. He’s deserving. He put on a show in the fourth quarter and that was special. We have to do a better job of closing games out, making free throws, executing, and not giving up so many three-pointers like we did in the end. This was a much needed win and I’m happy for our guys that we were able to make enough plays to do it.”
On The Team Sticking Together:
“Before we came on the floor tonight, my only message to them was to stick together. Offense, defense-- everything we do tonight needed to be together. There’s no finger pointing, no blaming or dropping heads. I told them that our challenge was to make a play for a teammate tonight. It’s not always about yourself and I thought that we showed that tonight on both ends of the floor.”
On How Portland Guard DeMarcus Cousins:
“I think they’re one of the few teams that choose to play him straight-up. They don’t double team a lot and I think that maybe their mindset is to let him get his points and try to hold everyone else off. Rudy Gay had a great stretch tonight where he took the game over and Isaiah Thomas had a few stretches where he made some big plays. When Cousins, Thomas, and Gay play at a high-level then we are pretty tough. We held them to 43.3% from the field. Yes, they scored 119, but I thought that we defended at a high level. It’s weird to say that since they still scored 119.”