The Blazers took care of business on Sunday, getting revenge against the Washington Wizards. Portland jumped out to a 20 point lead in the first quarter, but the Wizards were able to end the quarter on a 15-0 run to cut the lead to single digits. The Blazers would answer back in the second quarter, pushing the lead back to 20 plus, but the Wizards once again made a run in the fourth. But itt was too little, too late for the Wizards, and the Blazers did what they needed to do to secure the victory.
Here are some quick thoughts from our reporters on the scene...
Dwight Jaynes, Trail Blazers' Insider: Kind of a sloppy ending to what was a solid Portland effort. The Wizards were bad but I don't know how much responsibility the Blazers had for that. Nurkic neared a triple-double and Lillard got 40.
Jamie Hudson, Trail Blazers' Reporter: Ball movement is a beautiful thing and the Trail Blazers were on point with finding the open man and sharing the ball vs. the Wizards. Portland assisted on nine of their first 12 field goals made and finished with 26 assists, which tied a season-high. Sharing is caring and this game showed just how much the Blazers trust each other.
Peter Socotch, Producer on the road: The Blazers ball movement Sunday night against the Wizards was a thing of beauty. They assisted on 26 of their 39 field goals, none better than a 9 pass possession that ended in a Jake Layman three. When your big man Jusuf Nurkic is toying with a triple-double and has 8 assists in a game, you know you’re having a good game. The Blazers avenged their earlier loss in the season to Washington, a team that is just as dysfunctional as they seem.
Side note: There continues to be a lot of support from Rip City in the nation’s capital. Blazers fans always show up here.
***Be sure to check back here throughout tonight for locker room videos with Coach Stotts and the players, plus locker room reports from Jamie Hudson and Dwight Jaynes***
NEXT UP: The Blazers head to New York on Tuesday, November 20th, to take on the Knicks. Tip-off is set for 4:30pm with coverage beginning at 3:30pm on NBC Sports Northwest.