The Portland Trail Blazers saw their prized No. 1 draft pick do it again on Saturday night. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, witnessed their undrafted rookie set an NBA record.
On Tuesday night, the Trail Blazers look for another headlining effort from Greg Oden, while the Warriors hope for an encore performance from Anthony Morrow.
In Portland's 88-83 victory at Minnesota on Saturday, Oden capped off his first career games on back-to-back nights with a career-best 13 points along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Oden had four blocks on Friday night in an 87-82 loss at New Orleans, where he posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
"The guys were like, 'You killed in college, you can do it here,'" said Oden, who is averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in three games since returning from a sprained right foot suffered on opening night. "I knew if I kept working it would come."
Brandon Roy, who had 24 points and six assists against the Timberwolves, is excited about the prospects of a healthy Oden.
"That was just a taste of it," Roy said. "He didn't give you the whole meal, it was just a taste of what he's going to do."
Roy has done plenty this season, averaging a team-best 21.3 points and 5.4 assists. He has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games, four of them Portland wins.
Roy missed the team's last game in Oakland - a 111-95 loss on March 27 - with a groin injury, but had 26 points and six rebounds in a 110-104 defeat at Golden State on March 2.
Getting opportunities against Golden State - the league's second-worst scoring defense at 105.2 points per game - probably won't be a challenge for Portland and the lightning-fast Roy, but the Trail Blazers must contend with the NBA's second-highest scoring team (104.4) that just found another weapon.
Morrow, making his first NBA start on Saturday, had 37 points - the highest point total by an undrafted player in his rookie season - and 11 rebounds as the Warriors (4-6) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 121-103.
"I think my highest game at Georgia Tech was like 30 or 31 my senior year,'' said Morrow, who hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range. "Today was just one of those things. I mean, you don't shoot 15-for-20. Sometimes, I don't even shoot 15-for-20 in drills, man."
Stephen Jackson, who added 20 points and a season-high 10 assists against Los Angeles, averaged 26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two wins over the Blazers in Oakland last season.
Andris Biedrins extended his double-double streak to 16 on Saturday with 17 points and 16 rebounds. It is the Warriors' longest such streak since Nate Thurmond had 18 in a row in 1971-72.
Since posting his only career double-double against Portland on April 15, 2006, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Biedrins is averaging just 6.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in seven games against the Blazers.
Portland has dropped six straight games at Golden State, losing by an average of 14.0 points.
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