The NBA is back.
The Portland Trail Blazers played their first game in over four months in a 140-135 overtime thriller against the Memphis Grizzlies, who hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
But the Trail Blazers weren't the only thing that returned this afternoon. So did Blazers Twitter, who rode the rollercoaster of emotions that Portland put them en route to a satisfying finish.
Let's see how Rip City reacted to the Blazers' thrilling victory.
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The game saw the first official game action for center Jusuf Nurkic since fracturing his left tibia against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25, 2019, and Portland is a completely different team with him healthy. Nurk, who got the start, finished the game with 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, six blocks, and two steals before fouling out.
In short, Nurkic showed why he was arguably the Blazers second-best player before his season-ending injury.
Jusuf Nurkic is still one of the best centers in the league— Rip City Project (@ripcityproject) July 31, 2020
Nurkic fouls out with 18/9/6/5/2….— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) July 31, 2020
Portland is a different team with Nurkic.— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) July 31, 2020
The center also played the first half wearing "Ravnopravnost" on the back on his jersey which translates to "Equality," in Bosnian.
Jusuf wasn't the only Blazer player that played great Friday, however. CJ McCollum led Portland with 33 points on 14-21 shooting from the floor including some moves that made Memphis look silly.
CJ dropped 19 PTS in the first half on 8/11 shooting 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PZVzJQJTNu— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) July 31, 2020
As expected, he got the locals hyped. Even Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was impressed.
CJ in his Duffie today 🧳— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) July 31, 2020
CJ ARE YOU JOKING ME?!??!??!?!??!?!— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) July 31, 2020
CJ McCollum's step-back jumper is filthy.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 31, 2020
Oh CJ you bad boy!— Dillon Sage (@dasage) July 31, 2020
Down the stretch with the Blazers trying to make the comeback, it was Camerlo Anthony aka Skinny Melo aka CLUTCH Skinny Melo that gave Portland a late lead from the right wing.
Clutch Melo pic.twitter.com/QDToDyc0ID— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) July 31, 2020
SKINNY MELO GONNA BE NBA FINALS MVP MELO— Dylan Mickanen (@DylanMickanen) July 31, 2020
MELO— Victor So (@goforso) July 31, 2020
Also, who could forget Damian Lillard, who finished with 29 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, including a drive to the rim that iced the game in overtime.
He also committed murder on former teammate Anthony Tolliver by making him fall over.
Dame dropped Tolliver 😳 pic.twitter.com/i6WvNhxwfe— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020
Somebody go check on Anthony Tolliver 🤣🤣🤣 Damian Lillard just took this mans ankles— SaintJohnnyC🤴🏾 (@KingCassiusJr) July 31, 2020
Also, Gary Trent Jr. showed why he deserves more minutes for Portland, shooting 5-8 from three en route to 17 points. Oh, and he also played some great defense on Memphis including rookie of the year favorite Ja Morant when Trent Jr. sent his shot out of bounds late in overtime.
Gary Trent Jr. stuffed Ja ✋ pic.twitter.com/VBTi3eA3ap— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020
Memphis: *steps on court*— TBJN🏀 (@Or_St14) July 31, 2020
Gary Trent Jr.: pic.twitter.com/pApj5o26dH
After today’s game, Gary Trent Jr> your favorite player pic.twitter.com/95COJ54Yll— 🅵🅾🆁🆃🅷🅴🅵🅰🅽🆂 🎙 (@503Blazerfans) July 31, 2020
Gary is perfect, how dare you.— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) July 31, 2020
GARY TRENT JR SENDS JA MORANT HOME— Nate Mann (@nate_mann13) July 31, 2020
gary trent jr is the next michael jordan— cεℓ👼🏽 (@cccelenaaa) July 31, 2020
But, Trent Jr. was called for a technical foul for taunting after the play, which upset many online who felt it was a soft call.
The Trail Blazers will now turn their attention to Sunday, August 2 when they'll play the Boston Celtics at 12:30 p.m. PT here on NBC Sports Northwest.