The Portland Trail Blazers flashed from the first minute, entering a 34-9 lead into the first quarter and holding the Phoenix Suns today at the Moda Center with 108-86. Nothing compares to the team with the worst record on the NBA that can cure you.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points, 21 in the first half, and Jake Layman had a first half, scoring 17 in just ten minutes. Josh Jackson had 14 points for the Suns, which fell to 1:12 this season.
Here are the takeaways of today.
- No McCollum No problem: Portland without CJ McCollum, who suffered an ankle injury against Dallas. Seth Curry started in his place. Despite the absence of their second leading scorer, the Blazers overwhelmed a Suns team that was without their two leading scorers Devin Booker and TJ Warren.
Layman 's World, Party Time, Excellent: Jake Layman played for the first time in the last six games and made the most of it. He scored seven of his first eight shots, scoring 1
- Black Hole Sun: Phoenix was held below ten in the first quarter for the second game in a row. While Portland wants to see this win as the catalyst for an upcoming ten game line with some tough opponents, the limited resistance of the Suns may not be the inspiring force.
Portland joins the Minnesota at Timberwolves' home on Saturday.