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Blazers go Hollywood for lucky number 13

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Blazers go Hollywood for lucky number 13

If you see a member of the Trail Blazers in public, try not to get too close. There is a high chance you could burn yourself because this team is on fire! The Blazers went to Los Angeles on Sunday and dismantled the Clippers, 122-109 for their thirteenth win in a row. That’s right – 13 wins in a row! Portland continues to hold on to the three seed in the Western Conference, and now has a two game lead on No.4 Oklahoma City. 

Box Score: Blazers 122 – Clippers 109

Next up:  The Blazers play host to the league leading Houston Rockets (56-14) on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7:30pm at Moda Center. 

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No time like overtime to grab a victory over the Hornets

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No time like overtime to grab a victory over the Hornets

The Blazers almost let one slip away on their home floor, but did just enough in the end to pick up the 109-103 victory over the Hornets. The Blazers led my as many as 17pts, but the turnover bug came back and bit them in the fourth quarter allowing Charlotte to get back in the game. The Blazers came up short of a game winning bucket with just over a second remaining in the regulation, giving the Hornets one last. However, on the final possession Jusuf Nurkic came up with the game saving block and sent the game to overtime. It was there that the Blazers put things away and grabbed the win.

Final Score: 109 – 103

 

Blazers run out of gas in the Motor City

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Blazers run out of gas in the Motor City

It was another tough night on the road for the Trail Blazers, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons on Monday, 111-91. Is was the second night of a back-to-back for the Blazers, and it looked like fatigue caught up to them. For the Blazers, they head back home limping after going 0-3 on this road trip. For the Pistons, they have now won four in a row and are undefeated since acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers.

Final Score in Detroit: Piston 111 – Blazers 91

Horford serves Blazers heartbreak at the buzzer

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Horford serves Blazers heartbreak at the buzzer

Heartbreak in Boston as the Blazers fall to the Celtics, 97-96. The Blazers lad by as many as 16 points, but the wheels fell off in the second half. The shorthanded Celtics (playing without Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris) finally got the offense rolling and slowly chipped away. Boston tied the game with 3:34 remaining, 85-85, and seized all the momentum. Portland came back to take a one point lead with seven seconds remaining, but Al Horford landed the knockout punch when he hit a 16-foot jumper to give the Celtics the lead as time expired.

The Blazers fall to 0-2 on this road trip, and head to Detroit Monday to take on the Pistons. 

Final Score:  Celtics 97 – Blazers 96

All good things, including win streaks, must come to an end

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All good things, including win streaks, must come to an end

Unfortunately for the Blazers, this game was nearly over before it started.  The Raptors came out on fire in the first quarter and never looked back. At the end of the first quarter Toronto held a 37-18 lead, and the Blazers never got much closer than that. However, there were a few highlights courtesy of Damian Lillard. The Blazers guard scored the 10,000th point of his career and passed Jim Paxson for sixth all-time on the Blazers’ career scoring list, but it wasn’t enough for the win.

Final Score: Raptors 130 – Blazers 105

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win in LA

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It wasn't pretty, but it was a win in LA

Sometimes it looked easy. At other times it looked hard. The Blazers got the victory in Los Angeles, but it wasn't without its share of nail biting. Portland led by as many as 22-points in the third quarter, and held a 19-point lead heading to the fourth, but it all unraveled from there. The Clippers started to mount a comeback, and with 2:34 left to the play the Clipper cut the lead to just six. However, Portland would end up getting a key putback from Nurkic, and a huge dunk from Aminu to finally close to the door on the Clippers comeback.

Final Score: Blazers 104 - Clippers 96

 

What's hotter than the Sun(s)? The Blazers offense, that's what

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What's hotter than the Sun(s)? The Blazers offense, that's what

The Blazers offense was on fire Tuesday night en route to a 118-111 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns. The Blazers came out of the gate with perhaps the best stretch of offense we have seen all season. Portland hit its first 8 shots, and 11 of its first 15. No one could miss, and by halftime it looked like a blowout was in the works. The third quarter was much of the same, as the Blazers extended the lead to as many at 25 points, but then it go interesting. Devin Booker caught fire in the fourth, scoring 21 of his 43 points, and cut the once giant Blazers lead to single digits. But the Blazers offense answered when it mattered most, and although they left it open for a second, they slammed the door shut when they needed to. 

Final Score: Blazers 118 - Suns 111

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Minnesota hands Portland its third loss in a row

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Minnesota hands Portland its third loss in a row

The Blazers hit the road on last Tuesday and picked up an impressive win over the Thunder. It looked like the Blazers may have been readt to turn the corner and grab some big wins on the road. That was not the case. The Blazers dropped their third game in a row on Sunday, a 120-103 blowout to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Portland led 33-31 after the first quarter, but it quickly fell apart. The Blazers scored just 10 points in the second quarter, at one point going more than seven minutes without a bucket. In that same time the T’Wolves went on a 14-0 run and blew the doors open. The Blazers never recovered.

Final Score: Timberwolves 120 – Blazers 103

Next up: The Blazers return home to play the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 5pm on NBC Sports Northwest and on the NBC Sports App

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Nothing easy for the Blazers in NOLA

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Nothing easy for the Blazers in NOLA

The Blazers traveled to the Big Easy on Friday, and the trip was anything but easy. The Blazers came out of the gate strong, but found themselves down by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. Portland was able to claw back and head to the locker room tied 61-61 at halftime, but were unable to get over the hump in the second half. The Blazers took a season high 42 three-point shots, but only hit on 12 of them (28.6%). You live by the sword, you die by the sword, and tonight's poor shooting from deep killed the Blazers.  

Final Score: Pelicans 119 – Blazers 113

Next up: The Blazers wrap up this four-game road trip with a stop in Minnesota on Sunday. Coverage begins at 5:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest, and on the NBC Sports App.  

Lillard's return can’t down the Rockets

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Lillard's return can’t down the Rockets

The Blazers fell victim to the dreaded second night of a back-to-back, and their tired legs couldn’t keep up with the Houston Rockets. The bright side was that Damain Lillard finally returned to the lineup, but it just wasn’t enough to beat the Harden-less Rockets. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon were unstoppable, combining for  67 points on the night. And in his return Lillard showed no signs of rust, scoring a team-high 29 points. Now it’s on to New Orleans to see if they can get back in the win column.

Final Score: Rockets 121 – Blazers 112