Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 130, Jazz 98
December 6, 2013
• The Trail Blazers set a franchise record with 17 3-pointers made tonight (previous was 16, four times).
• Portland has won at least 17 of its first 20 games for just the third time in franchise history (19, 1990-91; 17, 1977-78).
• Portland’s 73.9 percent 3-point shooting (17-23) is the highest by any team that made at least 15 3-pointers in NBA history.
• Portland has scored 100-plus points in seven straight games for the first time since Feb. 23-March 7, 2010 (seven games).
• LaMarcus Aldridge is the first NBA player with 450 points, 200 rebounds and 25 steals in his team’s first 20 games since 2004 (Garnett, Nowitzki).
• Damian Lillard has now made at least two 3-pointers in 18 games this season, the most of any player in the league.
• LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20-plus points for the 16th time this season, tying LeBron James and Kevin Durant for most in the NBA
• Damian Lillard is the first Trail Blazer to make multiple 3-pointers in 12 straight games since Damon Stoudamire (18 games, 2005).
• With his third defensive rebound of the night, LaMarcus Aldridge tied Arvydas Sabonis for sixth on the Trail Blazers all-time defensive rebounds list (2,702). Aldridge solidified the sixth spot by grabbing 12 defensive rebounds on the night, bringing his career total to 2,711 defensive rebounds.
• Tonight marks the first time that Portland has shot at least 70.0 percent from the 3-point line while making at least 10 3-pointers in franchise history.
• Portland’s 10 3-pointers are the team’s most in any half this season. Lillard’s five first half 3-pointers tie his career best in any half.
• Portland has set a new season high for points in a half this year with 67.
• Portland’s 10 3-pointers in the first half are one shy of the team’s record for 3-pointers in any half (11, twice).
• Portland shot 76.9 percent (10-13) from beyond the arc in the first half, their highest 3-point percentage of any half this season.
• Portland’s 39 points and 17-point margin (39-22) are both new season highs for the first quarter.
On Tonight's Game:
“I think we came out and we took care of business. They made their run in the second quarter, and I think we responded well in the second half as far as coming out and getting stops and making our shots. So it was a good win and I think it’s going to get us ready for tomorrow. We have a big game tomorrow so we’re just looking forward to that.”
On Third Quarter Success Yet Again:
“I don’t know what it is. We come out real hot in the first quarter and then teams make their runs. The second half, we just lock down on both ends. That’s what we did tonight. That’s what we’ve been doing previously, but you know, we still have to play a 48 minute game. We can’t get comfortable doing that.”
On Importance Of Putting Game Away:
“It’s very important. Veteran teams and good teams, that’s what they do. Playoff teams, that’s what they do. I liked when we were icing down, the young guys were getting an opportunity to play and really show what they’ve been working on as well. I used to be in their position when I Was young in this league, so it’s pretty sweet to see them out there competing.”
Did Any Young Guys Stand Out?:
“I wouldn’t single out one of them. Those guys work hard each and every day. They get there early every day and they stay late. They watch film, they quiz those guys, they do a lot of things to prepare them in case they have to step up and go out there and play, they’re ready. I think they did a real good job as far as going out there, competing, not playing the scoreboard, not really looking at the minutes like garbage minutes. They went out there and competed so if coach ever has to go to one of those guys, they’re prepared.”
On Tonight's Game:
“I really liked the urgency that we came out and played at the beginning of the game and the beginning of the second half. We did a lot of good things. Obviously, we shot the ball well. We shot the three well. I thought more importantly, the way we played defensively in the third quarter was what we needed. The first half defense wasn’t what we needed to do, but we tightened it up in the second half. We scored a lot of points and all that, but I thought our transition from our defense in the first half to the third quarter was what we were looking for.”
Did You Say Much At Halftime Or Did Players Realize It Was A Sloppy Second Quarter?:
“It was a little bit of everything. We talked about it, how we needed to play defensive. Unfortunately, when the offense comes easy, there is a tendency to let up on defense. We knew we had a game tomorrow night and we knew what we needed to do defensively. If we play with urgency, we’re pretty good. If we don’t, teams are going to score on us.”
On Three-Point Shooting:
“We’re good shooter. Our three point shooters are good three point shooters. That’s not surprising. Now you don’t expect to shoot that well obviously, but more importantly, our threes are in rhythm. They’re good shots for the guys taking them. When those guys are taking open threes, there is a good chance they’ll go in.”
On Third Quarter Success Yet Again:
“It’s hard to say, but I think it’s important coming out of the locker room at halftime, it’s a shorter game. When you come out at halftime, it’s a 24 minute game. I don’t know if we play with a little bit more urgency or not, but I think the third quarter is a very important quarter. It kind of sets the tone for the rest of the half.”
On Young Guys Getting Minutes:
“I liked all their energy. I thought they really did a nice job, all the guys that played in the fourth quarter. They built the lead up to 42, they passed the ball, they played hard defensively. We didn’t score in the last three minutes, so I think that kind of skewed things a little bit. I thought Will, Allen, Meyers, T-Rob – Earl did a nice job of running the team and orchestrating the young guys. I was very pleased.”
On Disappointing Loss Tonight:
"It's pretty disappointing. Down by 30 or 40 or whatever and they had 100 points after three quarters. So, you guys know how disappointing it is."
On What Needs To Be Done To Tighten Up On Defense:
"I guess we have to get out to the shooters better. They were 15 for 20 at one point. They had some easy looks but some were contested as well. They shot the ball well. They played well."
On What Was Missing Tonight:
"I don't think it's a lack of effort. They snowballed on us. They went from having the first quarter, we fought our way back and played well in the second quarter and got it down to single digits and then I think, what were they up 11 at half and then it turned into 20 or 25 like immediately. Three three's in transition or something. I mean, it snowballed on us and then it just kind of got out of control."
On How To Re-Group With The Back-To-Back Tomorrow:
"You have to forget it, move on. Play at home and hopefully we can come out with more energy and play better in front of our home fans."
On Tough Night After A Good Six-Game Stretch:
"They're playing well. They're playing at home. They shot ridiculous clip from three and shot pretty well overall. They beat us tonight. So, I think you put this one behind us and try to get a win tomorrow. Not having [Marvin Williams] hurt us for sure. We were playing well with him but that's no excuse. We have to come out and play better tomorrow."
On Tonight's Loss:
"Tough loss, tough loss. Have to give them credit. I thought we fought back in the second quarter. In the third quarter, gave up 40 points and had to fight your way back in the ball game. It's disappointing."
On What He Thought Was Lacking Tonight:
"You give up 40 points in the quarter and a 39 point quarter, they weren't on the floor. They shot the ball well, but I thought they were the aggressive team on both ends. They got their hands on us, took us out on offense. We scored enough points. We scored 29 points in the first quarter, 34 in the second quarter. So, we can score. We have to get guys off their spots."
On Trey Burke's Performance Tonight:
"Well, after that first quarter, and then we fought back in the second quarter and then they come out in the third quarter and get on a 10- run. The energy level was low and they were getting what they wanted. I just didn't feel right about it. I felt like I needed to do something to change, see if we could spark some energy somewhere. And we just never could get back in it."
On The Defensive SideTonight With 17 Steals:
"We had moments. I thought the second quarter after we got down 18, 19 points, I thought we really fought back in that second quarter. And that's why I was disappointed."