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Trail Blazers with "a complete team effort" while heading in the right direction

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The Trail Blazers now return home with a 4-0 road trip record.

A feat that hasn’t happened since Nov. of 2013.

Yes, the Blazers have swept three-game road trips, but winning all four or more games on the road hasn't happened for the Blazers in eight years. 

And to have a 20-point blowout victory over a team the Blazers should’ve blown out was also another good feeling for the 29-18 Trail Blazers.

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“To get these four wins that was our goal going into it,” Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts said following Wednesday's 124-101 win. “We thought we had four games that we could win.”

And that was before the return of a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, who hadn’t played since Jan. 14 when he suffered a right wrist fracture. Not to mention, midway through the road trip Portland also integrated its newest piece to the puzzle, veteran wing Norman Powell, after trading for him at the deadline.

 

Nurkic and Powell have already made a big impact on both ends, but particularly the defensive end.

And that’s what had Coach Stotts noted postgame. 

I like how we’re playing. I like the direction we’re going with Nurk getting there and adding Norman. CJ’s looking good. It’s good to get wins on the road, but more importantly, I like the direction that we’re going.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Damian Lillard agrees with his coach.

Lillard recorded 16 points in the third quarter as the Blazers outscored the Pistons in the third, 35-27. Lillard finished with a game-high 33.

But after discussing how he believes this team is improving defensively, Lillard also said what so many people are thinking right now. 

We healthy… We’ve got all of our guys back, except Zach [Collins], but it feels like a complete team effort... I just feel like we’re complete right now and we’re still trending upward.

Damian Lillard

Trending upward is just where the Blazers need to be with a difficult schedule ahead.

Portland now returns home to host the third-best team in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Blazers will then face the Jazz and Clippers next week. 

Big tests are on the horizon.