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The Trail Blazers Look To Get Back On Track As They Host The Clippers

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (11-9) vs LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (12-9)
Nov. 29, 2022 — Moda Center — 7:00 pm PST
Regular Season Game #21 — Home Game #9
TV: TNT
RADIO: Rip City Radio 620 AM

SERIES HISTORY

ALL TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 148-87

PORTLAND HOME: Trail Blazers lead, 89-27

LOS ANGELES HOME: Series tied, 58-58

SERIES NOTES
  • The Trail Blazers and Clippers will meet three times during the regular season, with the first matchup occurring in Portland on Nov. 29.
  • LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers lost the 2021-22 season series against the Clippers, 3-1.
  • Jerami Grant has scored 20-plus points in his last five games against the Clippers.
  • In 34 career games against the Clippers, Damian Lillard has scored 20-plus points 19 times.
  • Last season against the Clippers, Jusuf Nurkic averaged 16.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
NEWS AND NOTES

CHASING HISTORY: Damian Lillard entered the 2022-23 season with 17,665 career points. He needs 242 points to pass Clyde Drexler and become the leading scorer in franchise history.

NEW MILESTONES IN NEW YORK: Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points on Nov. 25 at New York in a 132-129 overtime win. His 21 FTM and 28 FTA set new franchise records. His 25-point first half marked the 10th time he has scored 20-
plus points in a half, tying his second-highest scoring half in his career.

SOARING SIMONS: Anfernee Simons posted a season-high 38 points on Nov. 25 at New York. It was his eighth consecutive game scoring 20-plus points, extending the longest streak of his career and tying his second-most points in a game.

ALL HART: Josh Hart recorded a career-high 19 rebounds on Nov. 25 at New York along with 10 points, marking his first double-double of the season.

GIVE ME FIVE: Jerami Grant shot 5-7 from three in the first half on Nov. 23 at Cleveland, marking the third time in his career that he has made five-plus threes in a half.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Shaedon Sharpe scored a careerhigh 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3P, 2-2 FT) on Nov. 17 vs. Brooklyn, also setting a career high with four 3PM. On Nov. 19 vs. Utah, he recorded a career-high four steals.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Shaedon Sharpe scored a career high 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3P, 2-2 FT) on Nov. 17 vs. Brooklyn, also setting a career high with four 3PM.

A GOOD STRETCH: Jerami Grant finished with 29 points vs. San Antonio on Nov. 15, marking his most points scored in a three-game stretch in his career with 93 points (37 at Dallas on Nov. 12, 27 at New Orleans on Nov. 10).

DAME DIMES: Damian Lillard tallied a season-high 12 assists on Nov. 12 at Dallas to go along with 29 points and seven rebounds. His last game with at least 10 assists was on Dec. 14, 2021 vs. Phoenix, when he also put up 31 points.

LOOKING SHARPE: Shaedon Sharpe scored a career-high 17 points (7-10 FG) on Nov. 9 at Charlotte in the team's 105-95 win.

MOVING ON UP: On Nov. 9 at Charlotte, Damian Lillard passed Shawn Marion (17,700) and Magic Johnson (17,707) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list to move up to the No. 83 spot. He entered the night at No. 85 with 17,684 points.

GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD: The Trail Blazers had their first 3-0 start on the road since 1997 (that team went 4-0), winning road games at Sacramento on Oct. 19, Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 23 and Phoenix on Nov. 4 to begin the regular season.

AT THE BUZZER: Portland hit two game-winners at the buzzer so far this season - one by Jerami Grant on Nov. 4 at Phoenix and another by Josh Hart on Nov. 7 at Miami. The last regular season in which the Blazers hit multiple game-winners with no time remaining was 2008-09: Nov. 6, 2008 vs. Houston and Feb. 8, 2009 vs. New York - both by Brandon Roy.

RAINING THREES: Jerami Grant recorded his eighth career game with five-plus 3PM on Nov. 7 at Miami, also marking his most 3PM as a Trail Blazer.

CAN'T STOP GRANT: Jerami Grant went off for a season-high 30 points against the Suns on Nov. 4, marking his highest scoring half as a Blazer with 18 points in the first half and hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer to secure the win for Portland.

WINSLOW WINS: Justise Winslow came close to a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Portland's 108-106 victory in Phoenix, his first start of the season, on Nov. 4.

KNOCKING DOWN THREES: Jusuf Nurkic shot 3-3 from three-point range on Nov. 2 vs. Memphis, marking a career-best 3PM and his fourth career game with multiple 3PM. He then followed that up by going 2-2 from three in the win versus Phoenix on Nov. 4. What's more, the "Bosnian Beast" hasn't missed a three-pointer in the last three games, the longest such streak of his career.

ANFERNO: Anfernee Simons erupted in the third quarter of Monday night's win vs. DEN, scoring 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 6-of-7 from three. Simons finished the game with 29 points as he shot 7-of-12 from three. It is Simons eighth game as a pro in which he has made 7+ three pointers in a game.

SET A BLAZE: The Trail Blazers scored 135 points in a win Monday night vs. Denver and scored 80 points in the second half, with 44 points coming in the third quarter. The last time the Blazers have scored at least 80 points in a second half was Feb. 3, 1989 at LAL. Portland's season-high for points scored in a quarter last season was 42 points, which occurred twice.

Most 3PM by a Blazer in NBA debut:

5......J. Layman (11/1/16 vs. GSW)
3......R. Fernandez (10/28/08 vs. LAL)
3......S. Sharpe (10/19/22 vs. SAC)

SCORING 40 and 30: Damian Lillard scored his 41 points in the overtime win over Phoenix on Friday night. It was the 41st career game in which Dame has scored 40 points or more. It also becomes the 200th occurrence in which Dame as scored at least 30 points or more in a game. Lillard continues to widen the margin for most career games in which he's scored 40+ points and 30+ points in franchise history.

GRANTED: Jerami Grant led the Trail Blazers in scoring with 23 points. His 23 points are the most in a Blazer debut since Josh Hart, who also scored 23 on February 12th of last season against the Knicks. Grant is the ninth player in Blazer history to record 23 or more points in their Blazer debut.

LAST FIVE GAMES

Trail Blazers 97, Nets 111 -- November 27, 2022 -- Barclays Center -- Game #20 (11-9, 7-5 Away)

Portland fell to Brooklyn by a final score of 111-97 ... Jerami Grant posted a team-high 29 points (11-24 FG, 5-10 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes ... Jusuf Nurkic finished with 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3P, 5-8 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes ... Anfernee Simons tallied 15 points (4-14 FG, 4-10 3P, 3-4 FT), one rebound, six assists and one steal in 40 minutes ... Justise Winslow logged 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3P, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes ... Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes. 

Trail Blazers 132, Knicks 129 -- November 25, 2022 -- Madison Square Garden -- Game #19 (11-8, 7-4 Away)

The Trail Blazers defeated the Knicks in a 132-129 overtime win ... Jerami Grant recorded a career-high 44 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3P, 21-28 FT) to go along with one rebound, two assists and one block in 40 minutes, with his 21 FTM and 28 FTA setting new franchise records ... Anfernee Simons finished with a season-high 38 points to go along with four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 47 minutes, marking his eighth consecutive game scoring 20-plus points and tying his second-most points in a game ... Jusuf Nurkic logged 20 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3P, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 38 minutes ... Josh Hart posted 10 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3P, 2-4 FT), a career-high 19 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 42 minutes, putting up his first double-double of the season ... Jalen Brunson led New York with 32 points in 41 minutes ... RJ Barrett tallied a double-double for the Knicks with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.

Trail Blazers 96, Cavaliers 114 -- November 23, 2022 -- Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse -- Game #18 (10-8, 6-4 Away)

Portland fell to Cleveland by a final score of 114-96 ... Jusuf Nurkic posted a team-high 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-3 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with six rebounds, one assist and three steals in 28 minutes ... Jerami Grant logged 21 points (6-12 FG, 5-8 3P, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes ... Anfernee Simons tallied 20 points (6-18 FG, 4-9 3P, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes ... Josh Hart recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3P, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, a season-high nine assists and one steal in 33 minutes ... The Trail Blazers outscored the Cavaliers 21-7 in fast-break points ... Donovan Mitchell led Cleveland with a game-high 34 points in 31 minutes.

Trail Blazers 111, Bucks 119 -- November 21, 2022 -- Fiserv Forum -- Game #17 (10-7, 6-3 Away)

The Trail Blazers fell to the Bucks by a final score of 119-111 ... Anfernee Simons recorded a team-high 29 points (12-23 FG, 3-11 3P, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 37 minutes ... Jerami Grant posted 18 points (6-16 FG, 0-2 3P, 6-8 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes ... Josh Hart logged 17 points (7-9 FG, 2-2 3P, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 40 minutes ... Jusuf Nurkic tallied 16 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3P, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes ... Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with a game-high 37 points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

Trail Blazers 113, Jazz 118 -- November 19, 2022 -- Moda Center -- Game #16 (10-6, 4-4 Home)

Portland fell to Utah by a final score 118-113 ... Anfernee Simons finished with a team-high 23 points (7-19 FG, 4-13 3P, 5-6 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, a career-high four steals and one block in 36 minutes ... Josh Hart posted 19 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3P, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes ... Jusuf Nurkic recorded 18 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3P, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes ... Jerami Grant logged 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3P), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes ... Damian Lillard tallied 13 points (2-14 FG, 1-12 3P, 8-9 FT), two rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes ... Malik Beasley led the Jazz with 29 points in 27 minutes.

INJURY REPORT

Damian Lillard (right soleus), Keon Johnson (left hip), and Gary Payton II (return to play conditioning) are OUT.

For the Clippers, Brandon Boston Jr., (G League), Moussa Diabate (G League), Paul George (right hamstring), Luke Kennard (right calf), Kawhi Leonard (right ankle), Jason Preston (G League) and John Wall (left knee) are OUT for Tuesday's game.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tip for Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:00 pm PT. All Portland Trail Blazers regular season and preseason games will be broadcast on the Trail Blazers Broadcasting flagship station, Rip City Radio 620 AM. Travis Demers begins his fourth full season providing play-by-play commentary for all home and away games, with Michael Holton adding commentary.

On television, ROOT SPORTS PLUS will air 81 Trail Blazers regular season games featuring Kevin Calabro calling play-by-play, Lamar Hurd providing analysis and Brooke Olzendam reporting from the sideline. Between ROOT SPORTS PLUS, TNT and ESPN, all 82 regular season games will be televised. For all viewing options, visit www.trailblazers.com/watch.