McCollum helps Path Blazers rout Hornets 127-96

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12 Jan 2019, 12:10 IST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Virtually every thing went proper for the Portland Path Blazers on Friday evening.

Jusuf Nurkic fell simply wanting a triple-double whereas resting for a lot of the fourth quarter of Portland’s 127-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

The 7-foot Nurkic had 11 factors, 11 rebounds and tied profession highs with eight assists and 6 blocks. Whereas star guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard stayed on the bench for the ultimate interval, coach Terry Stotts left Nurkic in for a few minutes.

When he remained caught on eight assists, Nurkic was subbed out.

“If it is not taking place straight away I am not going to chase it,” he stated.

Stotts stated he did not wish to throw off the second unit an excessive amount of down the stretch.

“I instructed him I would give him two minutes,” Stotts joked.

McCollum had 30 factors, together with 5 3-pointers, and Lillard scored 20 earlier than taking the ultimate interval off. Lillard had a career-high 4 blocked pictures and the Blazers completed with a season-high 16, one wanting the franchise document.

Portland has now gained 4 straight and 6 of seven total. It improved to 17-7 at dwelling, tied for finest within the Western Convention.

The victory additionally prolonged the Blazers’ successful streak over the Hornets in Portland to 11 straight video games. Charlotte hasn’t gained in Portland since 2008.

Kemba Walker had 18 factors for the Hornets, who fell to 5-14 on the street this season within the fourth of a five-game journey.

“We have got to attempt to not let this factor preserve going within the incorrect path,” Walker stated. “We have got to stay collectively and as finest as we are able to we have got to remain optimistic.”

Portland additionally bought one other stable efficiency from its reserves. Seth Curry’s 3-pointer prolonged Portland’s result in 50-36. Jake Layman’s alley-oop dunk from Lillard put the Blazers up 61-42.

Portland’s backups have accounted for not less than 50 factors in six video games this season, all Blazers wins. That they had 48 factors in opposition to the Hornets, however bought further work as a result of the starters had been rested.

The Blazers led 70-49 on the break and prolonged the result in as many as 35 factors within the third quarter.

“We simply did not compete tonight defensively. General we simply didn’t compete,” Hornets coach James Borrego stated. “Too gentle on the ball, too gentle on the inside. They did no matter they wished to us offensively.”

The Blazers had been with out ahead Maurice Harkless for the second straight recreation due to left knee soreness. There was no phrase on how lengthy he’ll be out.

On a tear currently, Nurkic averaged 21.four factors and 11.four rebounds over the earlier eight video games. On Friday he grew to become simply the third NBA participant with not less than 11 factors, 11 rebounds, eight assists and 6 blocks in fewer than 30 minutes.

“The massive fella’s been superior,” McCollum stated. “He is enjoying extraordinarily nicely, he is assured. He is ending across the basket. However what I like most about him is that he is being aggressive on each ends. Defensively he is defending the rim for us and being egocentric on the offensive finish and distributing the ball.”

HEADING OUT

It was the final of a five-game homestand for the Blazers, who go to Western Convention-leading Denver on Sunday. The Nuggets beat the Blazers of their first assembly this season.

“They got here right here they usually bought one,” Lillard stated. “We had a shot on the finish of the sport to beat them and we did not really feel like we performed that nicely. So we have simply bought to take this model of basketball that we have been enjoying over the previous few video games and take it to their courtroom and go get one other win.”

TIP-INS

Hornets: F Nicolas Batum performed in Portland for seven seasons. … Portland’s 70 factors on the half had been probably the most for a Hornets opponent this season.

Path Blazers: McCollum bought into the marketing campaign to get Lillard to the All-Star recreation with a video the place he re-creates the ultimate dance scene from the film “Napoleon Dynamite.” The video, launched on social media on Thursday, was proven on the scoreboard throughout the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Go to Sacramento on Saturday evening.

Path Blazers: Open a two-game journey on Sunday in opposition to the Denver Nuggets.

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