What a crazy finish on Monday night in Portland.
But first, Trail Blazers fans were eager to welcome back former Blazers Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier for the first time since the two have been wearing Nets uniforms.
It was a close game throughout on Monday night. The Blazers and Nets were in a three-point shootout for most of the game.
Fans welcomed Davis with loud applause and cheers. Napier did not get in the game, but you can bet fans would’ve given him the same ovation.
The Blazers came from behind in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 120. In overtime, it was back-and-forth until both Portland and Brooklyn settled on 132 points each at the end of overtime. So, to double OT they went.
In the second overtime, the game went from physical to even more physical and that's when Jusuf Nurkic suffered a terrible left leg injury and left the game on a stretcher with 2:22 minutes remaining.
In the end, the Trail Blazers defeated the Nets, 148-144, as Portland goes undefeated in its four-game homestand.
The Blazers also clinched a playoff spot with the victory. This marks Portland’s sixth consecutive postseason appearance.
Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers fifth straight home victory:
1. Nets get their fare share of 3s
In the first 12 minute of play, Brooklyn shot 10 three-pointers and made four of them. It’s in the scouting report that the Nets like to throw up a lot of threes.
The Trail Blazers got out on the perimeter after the first quarter and were able to run the Nets off the three-point line or get a hand in their face, which was a big reason Portland was able to hold off the Nets.
2. Blazers take advantage of zone defense
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game, that the plan was to throw a number of defenders at Damian Lillard and different defensive looks.
The first time Brooklyn went to a zone, Enes Kanter made the Nets pay with a putback early in the second quarter.
It wasn’t just rebounding that Blazers were taking advantage of against the Nets’ defense. Portland was able to knock down wide-open threes with the Nets sitting back in the zone. Zach Collins knocked down two straight threes early in the second.
Brooklyn plays the most zone defense in the league, but against Portland you would think the Nets would rethink that, but they didn’t.
3. Free throw discrepancy
If Brooklyn would’ve shot better from the charity stripe, the Nets would’ve walked away with an easy win. After three quarters, Brooklyn was 21-of-31 from the free throw line to the Blazers 8-of-12 attempts. The Nets couldn’t capitalize on getting more whistles.
NEXT UP: The Trail Blazers hit the road for a four-game trip. First stop-- the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night with tip-off set for 5:00pm. Our pregame coverage tips off at 4:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest.
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