Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 94, Bobcats 124
March 22, 2014
• In just his second season, Damian Lillard now ranks ninth on Portland's all-time 3-pointers made list (374, including 3 tonight).
• Damian Lillard has scored 20+ points in eight straight games, tying his career-long streak (8, Feb. 27-March 14, 2013).
• The Bobcats posted season highs for points in a game (124) and a first half (69), recording the fifth-best single-game total in franchise history and tying the fourth-most in a half in franchise history.
• The 30-point win is the Bobcats’ largest this season and the fourth-largest in franchise history.
• The Bobcats won by 30 points after losing to the Trail Blazers by 30 points on Jan. 2 in Portland (134-104). The last time two teams from opposing conferences each won by 30 points or more in one of the two games was the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in 2010-11.
• Bobcats center Al Jefferson scored 28 points, topping the 20-point plateau for the 35th time this season.
• Bobcats guard Kemba Walker scored 26 points, scoring 20 points or more for the 26th time this season.
• Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson scored 23 points, recording his 11th game this season with 20 points or more.
• Jefferson, Walker and Henderson each scored 20 or more points for the third time this season, becoming the first trio in franchise history to do so three times in one season.
• Bobcats forward Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 11 points, reaching double figures for the eighth time in the last 11 games and the 12th time this season.
• The Bobcats improved to 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
• Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored 20 points, topping the 20-point plateau for the 31st time this season.
• Blazers forward Dorell Wright scored 17 points, reaching double figures for the ninth time this season.
• Blazers guard Wesley Matthews scored 15 points, posting double figures for the 59th time this season.
• Blazers guard CJ McCallum scored 12 points, recording his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season.
On Tonight's Game:
“We had good looks just like they did in the first half, but we missed plenty of shots. They came down and they made shots. We have to do a better job, but overall, they just played a better game than us.”
“They got us in rotation a lot of times. We wanted to double Big Al and take away his post-ups. Sometimes we didn’t even get a chance to double him and he’s already scoring or making good passes out of the post. We were just scrambling the whole time. They got out in transition and got open shots. The main thing is we let them get to what they’re comfortable doing.”
On Bobcats Quick Start:
“We let them play pretty freely on the offensive end and that’ll build a team’s confidence. Early on we missed some shots and they hit a lot of shots. Attribute that to their level of confidence.”
On Al Jefferson:
“Big Al is going to have nights like that. He’s ridiculously talented, possibly the most skilled scorer at the center position right now. There are a lot of things I could have done better, but that applies across the board.”
On Slow Start:
“I think we did have a bit of a slow start. At halftime they didn’t have too many transition points, but they were moving the ball and hit a lot of shots. Sometimes you have to brush it off and put it on the back burner.”
On Tonight's Game:
“Charlotte played a terrific game. They shot the ball well, passed the ball well, rebounded the ball well, defended well and basically outplayed us. Other than the first six minutes of the third quarter, they outplayed us the rest of the game. We certainly could have played better but they were clicking on all cylinders. Kemba Walker had it going, Al Jefferson had it going, Gerald Henderson had it going and the bench came in and played well. It was a tough game. They are a young team and their coach has them playing well.”
On Slow Start:
“At the start of the game we gave up some easy baskets and I thought that set the tone. They got to a 12-2 start and we had good looks early and that may have changed the complexion of the game. We gave up 12 points in the first three minutes of the game.”
On Good Start:
“That’s when we’re at our best. If you look at all the big wins we’ve had, especially at home, we had a great start. We knew that Portland is a great offensive team, one of the top offensive teams in the league, but we’re one of the top defensive teams in the league. You could tell in shootaround today that we were focused, we were locked in and we knew we needed this win tonight.”
On If Tonight Was As Good As Team Has Been Offensively All Year:
“I think so. Gerald (Henderson) really impressed me tonight as far as being locked in in every way. He was locked in on rebounding, he was locked in on defense and he was locked in on his offense. Kemba (Walker) came out and let me get going, then once they started doubling me, that’s when he started setting the tone. We were playing well on the offensive end, but to me, I’m always going to say it, it starts with defense. I think the defense set the tone, but when we’re playing that well on offense like that, it’s trouble. We’re going to be hard to beat.”
On Importance Of Victory:
“We lost two in a row. We lost one at home and then went to Brooklyn and lost a close one. We were trying to come in and set the tone, and we did. That should let you know how mature we’ve gotten and how we continue to grow as a team. We don’t put our head down. We know how to bounce back.”
On Crowd Tonight:
“I think the crowd was special tonight. Everyone came out – I don’t know if it was for us or for the bobbleheads – but they came out and they were great. It always helps when you score a lot of points. People want to come out and watch high-powered offense. We just played special tonight. We really moved the ball and worked well with each other on both ends.”
On His All-Around Game:
“I knew I was matched up with Wesley Matthews and I’ve got a lot of respect for Wes as a player. He’s having probably his best season as a pro, and I just wanted to come in and do the best job I could on him and be aggressive on offense. That’s something I try to do every night, but tonight it was just better.”
On He, Al Jefferson, And Kemba Walker Combining For 77 Points:
“I think we’ll always have a good chance to win if all three of us are playing well offensively, but I think if you go back and look at the game, all three of us did a good job defensively. That’s always going to be our M.O. We’re not going to score (124 points) every night, but I think if we can play the kind of defense that we did tonight every night, we’ll have a chance to win.”
On Tonight's Game:
“We caught a break obviously with (LaMarcus) Aldridge being out, but they’re still really good. They’re an exceptional offensive team, but you could tell our guys were ready to play from the start of the game. When guys came in off of the bench, they were ready as well, and Gerald (Henderson) was exceptional. It’s a good win for us and it’s a good bounce back.”
“We had a good shootaround and normally, for our team, when we’ve had really good days in practice and shootaround we’ve played better. I felt good when I left the arena this afternoon that we were going to have a good effort.”
“We only had five turnovers. If you only have five turnovers, even if you play okay, you give yourself a good chance to win. It was a good win and a god night for the Bobcats.”
On Recent Play:
“If you look at the last two weeks, we’ve played well. Even in Brooklyn, they’ve won 11 in a row at home and we were up three there with 5:30 to go. We played an exceptional game in many ways if you watch it. They made some plays down the stretch but we played a good game against a really good team. We’ve been playing at a good level for a while now.”