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 victories in the 18-game home opener win streak. Here is a look at what happened back in 2017 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the New Orleans Pelicans in the home-opener.
Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2017? Sure you can, but let’s paint the picture anyway:
- Russell Westbrook was the reigning MVP
- Westbrook was also the league's leading scorer
- The Golden State Warriors were the defending champions
- Malcolm Brogdon had just won Rookie of the Year
- Markelle Fultz was the No.1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft
- The Blazers used the No.15 and No.20 picks on Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. They would ship them to Sacramento on draft night for the rights to the Kings' No.10 overall pick, Zach Collins
- The Blazers would also use the No.26 pick on Caleb Swanigan
- The Detroit Pistons were playing their first season in the new Little Caesars Arena.
As for the Blazers home opener...
The Blazers opened up their home schedule of the 2017-18 season by welcoming the New Orleans Pelicans to Moda Center. Pelicans star Anthony Davis played just 5:01 of action, injuring himself early in the first quarter. Even without their top star, the Pelicans had the 73-71 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. But then the Blazers flipped the switch. Portland outscored New Orleans 32-20 in the final frame, including an 11-0 run midway through the quarter. Final score, Portland 103 - New Orleans 93.
New Orleans -
DeMarcus Cousins – 39 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists
Jrue Holiday– 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists
CJ McCollum - 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Damian Lillard - 13 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists
Jusuf Nurkic - 12 points, 7 rebounds
Evan Turner - 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
The Blazers would finish the season 49-33, good for the third-best record in the Western Conference. Portland would face New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs, losing in four games.