A Win is a Win
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win for the Portland Trail Blazers right now. Portland won a back and forth battle with Golden State last night at the Rose Garden.
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Portland 90, Golden State 87
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 25, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #36 David Jones, #63 Derek Richardson, #57 Greg Willard
The Trail Blazers had some unexpected scoring leaders in this one, and they outscored Golden State 8-3 in the final three minutes of the game to close out a 90-87 win.
1. Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton has been rightfully criticized for much of the season, but he was the team’s best player in this win. Felton led the team with 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field. He knocked down 4 of his 7 three-point attempts. He also had seven assists compared to just one turnover.
If the Blazers get this kind of effort from Felton on a consistent basis, they can climb back above .500.
2. Second Chance Points
The TrailBlazers have struggled on the boards lately, so it was nice to see them get on the offensive glass in this one. Portland grabbed 13 offensive rebounds which led to 19 second chance points. The Warriors finished with just 6 second chance points.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge filled up the stat sheet on Sunday night. He had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. He has put together a few nice games in a row.
1. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford played 28 minutes in Sunday night’s game, but he went a miserable 1 for 10 from the floor for just four points. That is the second time in the last four games that he has been held to four points or less.
2. Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews had been great in the last few games, but he just couldn’t find his shot in this one. He finished just 2 for 12 from the floor overall.
3. Lack of Bench Production
Portland continues to get very little production off the bench. The Blazers reserves combined to score just 16 points against Golden State. The reserves finished 6 of 25 from the floor.
The Blazers will be home again Tuesday night, but they must take on the team with the best record in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City snuck out of Portland with a win last night time around because of a bad call, and hopefully the Blazers don’t forget that game.