Lillards leads Portland past Philadelphia 114-93
Portland Trail Blazers have earned another win through their long-range shooting tactics.
On Friday night,Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 28 and 25 points respectively, placing Trail Blazers on the lead from 18-3 pointers to 114-93 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Matthews exited 7 out of 14 beyond the arc while Lillard made 3 3-pointers. Atleast one 3 was made by 8 players from Portland. On the other hand, the Blazers tied a record with 43-3 point attempts.
For the second time, Aldridge was suspended in three games due to upper respiratory infection, Chris Kamanand Robin Lopez were also unavailable because of various reasons. However, the Blazers are one of the top five in NBA in 3 –point’s attempts. Thus, they had more than enough reasons to post their seventh win in all the eight games.
“We were ware of our short-comings, it is obvious without Lopez and LA that the game was going to be different.” Lillard said. “I believe we went out and did what we were supposed to do.”
Bett Brown,Philadelphia’s coached, pinned most of Portland’s success at the perimeter on defensive mistakes.
Brown said, “When you are aware that you are going to be hit, and you know you did not do the job as required, you need to give yourself a chance, it is depressing.”
Portland was not totally lost inside. Joel Freeland, the center, grabbed a career-high with 17 rebounds, giving Blazers a high season.
Portland displayed a 3-point shooting after leading 27-24 in the first quarter. The Blazers completed 7 threes, including Matthews’ three, which created a large lead of 16 points. The 3-pointer from Dorell Wright before the buzzer, gave Portland a halftime lead of 61-51.
“Our team is relentless and very confident. We have played and won every game this season,” Matthews said.