The Portland Trail Blazers scored a fierce performance in the comeback win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, 109-104, bringing in the team's six games. The win also means a degree of revenge for Portland – having been shot down by jazz in the team's two previous meetings this season, including a nationwide television night on Christmas night. Damian Lillard was the high-man for Portland, who ended up with 26 points, while Donovan Mitchell jazzed with 36 points.
After a hard-fought first quarter, jazz jumped in second-digits to finish second, before the blazers reduced the mid-term deficit to seven points. In an emotional third quarter, things turned to Portland, led by Jusuf Nurkic, when they outperformed jazz by 1
Nurk Comes Alive
After a rough second quarter for the Blazers With only 15 points, it became hippy in the third quarter. The Chippiness proved to Portland's advantage as Nurkic was successful against both Jae Crowder and Rudy Gobert, both of whom got technical fuss. Nurk toyed with his emotions to take over the game, put the team on their backs and swing the swinging pendulum to Portland almost single-handedly.
All in all, the Bosnian animal ended up with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven points support and six blocks at night. His defensive presence was felt particularly during his big run in the third phase, when three of those blocks – on the 7 & 1 & # 39; – peak – came during this crucial stretch. His energy was contagious and also helped to get his teammates on track.
Bank Brings the Heat
The Blazers Bank deserves much credit for starting the fourth quarter where Nurkic left off. Stretch on the lead they inherited. The second unit, triggered by scorching Jake Layman, put the team in a great position to end the game, even though Utah made things interesting.
Layman showed another phenomenal performance with 12 points on 5 -9 shooting, in addition to active defense at the other end of the court. However, he was not alone, as Evan Turner added ten points, eight rebounds and four own assists, while Meyers Leonard scored eight points in 3-4 shots, knocking down both of his three point attempts.
Moving the Ball
The Blazers overshadowed the 30-Auxiliary brand for the fourth time this season, led by Lillard's Eight. The liquid ball movement led to solid shooting attempts, which could knock down the team. Portland came 50% out of the field and an impressive 44% outside the three-point line. In addition, the blazers recorded only eight sales during the night – well below their seasonal average.
More History Made
Lillard passed Terry Porter for the fourth most popular field goal in franchise history with a second-quarter floater. By now he has made 4,008 buckets in his career. Next comes Jim Paxson, who ended up with 4,058 in a blazer uniform.
The Other Guys
CJ McCollum recovered from a bleak, lazy first half in which he scored only two points and ended up with 14 points (6-17 shooting), four rebounds and four assists. He threw a big threesome on the track, which helped the team to lose the lead.
Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and six boards on an efficient 4-6 night, in addition to his usual strong defensive.
Maurice Harkless, who started the injury the second night after injury, had a hot start, but only 18 minutes (Layman had 25) and finished with six points in 3: 3 shooting.
Zach Collins went in 11 minutes 0: 4 and took behind Nurkic and Leonard a back seat.
The Blazers drive to Oklahoma City tomorrow to meet Tomorrow's Thunder night.