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Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers defeat Wizards thanks to a total team effort

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It was a night full of Portland Trail Blazer buckets.

And it was just as expected between the Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards.

With the two teams struggling to find consistency on the defensive end this season, the Blazers jumped out to a quick lead thanks to its wings' hot three-point shooting. 

Portland started the game 3-of-6 from behind the arc and took a commanding 26-7 lead midway through the first quarter.  

While shooting 48.0 percent in the first half, Portland led 75-63 at halftime and that was with Damian Lillard scoring just 11 points.

In one of the best overall team efforts, the Trail Blazers held off the Wizards, defeating Washington, 132-121.

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Portland had a total of five players on the inactive list due to injuries with Nassir Little as the latest injured Blazer, who is now dealing with a left knee sprain. Rodney Hood started at small forward Tuesday night.  

 

It was Bradley Beal who kept the Wizards in the game.

The Wizards went on a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the lead to seven. But the Blazers then went on their own 9-0 run and controlled the pace from there.   

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 132, Wizards 121

The Good: 

With five players on the inactive list due to the injuries, Portlands role players stepped up. Gary Trent Jr. and Robert Covington were dialed in from three-point range. 

In the first half, four Trail Blazers scored in double figures.

Trent Jr. led the charge with 17 at the break.

The Blazers saw contributions from the entire team with Damian Lillard scoring just two points in the first quarter and yet Portland still led 40-23.

Portland didnt let off the gas in the third quarter like theyve been known to do. Lillard drew the attention of multiple defenders all game, but he looked like a man on a mission in the second half, especially in the pick-and-roll, while Trent Jr. and Covington continued to knock down three after three.

Carmelo Anthony also shot his way out of his recent shooting slump. Melo found success on the block and from deep. The 18-year veteran finished with 21 points after moving up to No. 13 on the NBA All-Time scoring list Tuesday night

The Bad: 

 

In the second quarter, the Wizards, who like to push the pace, got out in transition and took advantage of the short-handed Blazers playing in a second night of a back-to-back.

It never felt like Washington was out of the game in big thanks to Bradley Beal. He made the Blazers pay when he was open from three. The Wizards shooting guard notched 19 by halftime. And when Beal wasnt getting buckets, he showed off his playmaking ability alongside Russell Westbrook. 

It was all Rui Hachimura to start the fourth for the Wizards.

The Gonzaga product notched a quick eight points to help Washington start to claw back. Hachimura finished with a season-high 24 points.

The Highlight:

Gary Trent Jr. got it done on offensively and defensively, especially early:

The Stat: 

Portland entered the fourth quarter shooting 50.0 percent from three (17-35) compared to Washingtons 33.3 percent.

Next up: Portland continues its six-game road trip with the second to last contest on the trip Thursday night in Philadelphia. The Blazers and Sixers tip-off at 5:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW.