We're counting down the days until the Portland Trail Blazers open up the 2019-2020 NBA season by looking back at each of the home opener wins (the streak is now at 18). Here is a look at what happened back in 2006 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves in their home-opener.
Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2006? Let’s paint the picture:
- Due to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets played most of their home games in Oklahoma City for the second season in a row.
- Allen Iverson played for the Nuggets
- Steve Nash was the reigning MVP
- The Heat were the defending champions
- Chris Paul had just won Rookie of the Year
- Andrea Bargnani was the No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft
- The Blazers had the No.4 pick and drafted Tyrus Thomas.
- They would trade Thomas to Chicago that same night in return for LaMarcus Aldridge.
- They also traded Randy Foye to Minnesota in return for the rights to the No.6 pick. The Minnesota selection? Brandon Roy. The rest is history.
The Minnesota Timberwolves jumped on the Blazers early, grabbing the 30-14 lead after the first quarter. It looked like the home-opener win streak could be in jeopardy. But the Blazers scratched and clawed their way back into the game. They outscored the Timberwolves in the second and third quarters, then held them to just 12 points in the fourth. The Blazers trailed 86-85 with under a minute to play before Juan Dixon hit a clutch three from the corner to give the Blazers the one-point lead with 6.2 seconds remaining. Minnesota had one last shot, but Kevin Garnett missed an eight-foot jumper and the Blazers claimed another victory.
Kevin Garnett – 20 points, 10 rebounds.
Ricky Davis– 16 points, 7 assists
Mike James – 19 points, 7 assists
Brandon Roy – 16 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds
Travis Outlaw – 18 points, 15 rebounds
Zach Randolph – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assist
LaMarcus Aldridge: DNP, Inactive
The Blazers would go on to finish the season 32-50, an 11 game improvement on the previous season, but would once again miss the playoffs.