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Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers take care of business against Detroit Pistons

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Portland had a very hot and very cold scoring quarter in Detroit.

But in the end, the Trail Blazers came out on top, 124-101, to finish 4-0 on their current road trip. 

This is the first time that Portland has gone 4-0 on a four-game road trip since Nov. of 2013. 

The Detroit Pistons, though, were dialed in on both ends early.

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The Blazers and Pistons were trading baskets in the first quarter with Jerami Grant making his presence felt early after notching three blocks in four minutes of play. Grant also led the way in scoring with 10 points in the first quarter to help Detroit take a 33-31 lead. 

After a low-scoring second quarter, the Pistons held onto a one-point lead at the break, 52-51.

 

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum came out firing after halftime. The duo helped the Blazers secure the third quarter lead as the Blazers went a perfect 5-for-5 from three.  

Portland finished the third quarter shooting over 71 percent from the field.

The final period was similar to the third with the Blazers sharing the ball as well. Portland finished with 27 team assists. 

Detroit defended the Blazers well along the three-point line, forcing Portland to attack the rim.

And even though the Blazers didn’t take as many threes as their average of 44 per game, they went an efficient 16-of-30. And it was once again Robert Covington who confidently knocked down 4-of-5 from deep. In his past 25 games, Covington has shot over 44 percent from three. 

The Pistons were without Sekou Doumbouya (head; migraine), Wayne Ellington (right calf) and Killian Hayes (right hip), Rodney McGruder (right elbow; sprain), Jahlil Okafor (left knee; surgery) and Dennis Smith Jr. (right lumbar spine; soreness).

For Portland, Nassir Little (right thumb sprain) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) were out.  

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 124, Pistons 101

The Good: 

The Blazers backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were on the attack all night long. The duo had more made baskets at the rim than on the perimeter to start the game.

Derrick Jones Jr., who came off the bench for the second straight game, helped the Blazers hold the Pistons to just 19 points in the second quarter. The problem was, Portland struggled from the field in the second as well. But in the third quarter, Lillard and McCollum got it going once again. They notched the Blazers first nine points in the third. Lillard and McCollum also showed off their playmaking ability.

 

They also hit some extremely tough buckets against an energized Pistons defense.

Lillard recorded 16 points in the third quarter alone. He finished with a game-high 33.

After a slow scoring second quarter, Carmelo Anthony helped provide some bench scoring later in the period. Melo finished with 16.

The Bad: 

The Pistons played at a faster pace than they have been this season. It was beneficial for the young Pistons squad, who never rolled over even when they were down 14 midway through the fourth quarter.  

This season, Detroit has been led by Jerami Grant. The starting small forward was averaging 22.6 points per game ahead of Wednesday's contest. But after hunting his shot early against the Blazers, Portland clamped down on Grant in the third quarter.  

The Pistons got a big boost from their bench to help keep them in the game in the first half. The second unit scored 19 first-quarter points, outscoring the starters by 12.

The Highlight:

Norman Powell led the break and took the contact:  

The Stat:  

Portland only attempted 11 three-pointers in the first half, making six of them. But the Blazers average 44 threes per contest. They finished the game, 16-of-30 from behind  the arc.

Next up: The Trail Blazers will now head home to host the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder back-to-back Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Blazers and Bucks will tip-off at 7:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.