Week 6 Video Breakdown
The Portland Trail Blazers concluded a near-perfect week on Saturday when they fell in dramatic fashion to the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite the final game turning south as the clock expired, Rip City managed to reel off three straight wins following their victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz were the team’s victims this week, and each game proved to be entertaining in completely different ways.
Dec. 2 vs. Indiana Pacers
The one knock on the Trail Blazers this season has been their strength of schedule. Wins over sub-.500 teams don’t do much to impress the national audience, but a 106-103 win over the league’s best team showed that the team from the Pacific Northwest is for real, and that it can compete with anybody on any given night.
Portland saw All-Star-caliber performances from its two best players, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Damian Lillard scored 26 points and went 10-for-10 from them line.
The Blazers weren’t the only ones who saw top-caliber players do work, though. Roy Hibbert went for 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Paul George shocked the Moda Center to the tune of 43 points on 16-of-30 shooting.
This game came down to the final minute of play, but Portland would ultimately walk away win a four-point win.
Dec. 4 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
In case you still didn’t believe the Blazers were legitimate after taking down the team with the league’s best record, a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder probably helped push you in the right direction.
For just the second time in his career, Aldridge heard chants of MVP from his home crowd. He recorded 38 points, 13 reboudns, five assists and two steals — not to mention he shot an impressive 60.7 percent from the field, going 17-of-28 on the evening.
As well as Aldridge played, the game will be remembered by most for the clutch three-pointer made by Nicolas Batum. That shot all but clinched the win — a 111-104 victory when it was all said and done.
Dec. 6 vs. Utah Jazz
Coming into this game, you knew one of two things would happen: Either the Blazers were going to dominate an inferior opponent, or they were going to experience a hangover unlike no other following three straight wins (dating back to the road win over the Los Angeles Lakers).
Luckily for fans in Rip City, the latter took place, and the Blazers walked away with a win of historic proportions.
The Jazz are the worst team in the NBA, and that became clear on Dec. 6. They allowed Portland to outscore them 130-98, and they allowed history to be made in the process.
The Blazers set the all-time NBA record for three-point percentage with a minimum of 15 makes. They went 17-of-23 from downtown, and when you put up a performance like that, it really doesn’t matter what your opponent throws at you.
Dec. 7 vs. Dallas Mavericks
This one hurts.
Like the Trail Blazers, the Dallas Mavericks have been one of the pleasant surprises of the NBA this season. A big reason for that is Monta Ellis, and he’s the one who nailed the game-winning jumper as time expired.
As big as Ellis’ shot was, Dirk Nowitzki was as good as ever in this one down the stretch. He had 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and his patented one-footed fadeaway made life beyond difficult for Portland late in the fourth quarter.
Damian Lillard also shined with 32 points, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Mavs Saturday night.