Nurkic scores 19, Path Blazers defeat Timberwolves 111-81



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05 Nov 2018, 11:24 IST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Life is sweet for the Portland Path Blazers 10 video games into the season.

Jusuf Nurkic had 19 factors and 12 rebounds and led the Path Blazers to a 111-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night time.

to enhance to 7-Three on the season.

“When every thing go properly, it go properly,” Nurkic mentioned after the win pushed the Blazers to 7-3. “We got here prepared after back-to-back and a foul loss.”

Blazers star guard Damian Lillard mentioned the staff’s begin doubtless has shocked some.

“To be sitting the place we are actually, I am positive folks did not anticipate it,” Lillard mentioned. “I feel we’re taking part in good basketball. We have been fairly per the issues that we have to do to win video games and it is displaying.”

Meyers Leonard had a double-double with 15 factors and 12 rebounds off the bench. Following a sport Saturday through which their bench struggled towards the Los Angeles Lakers, the Path Blazers’ reserves bounced again Sunday and outscored the Wolves subs 44-23.

“I used to be pleased for Meyers,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts mentioned of his reserve massive man. “Acquired a little bit chant going, that was enjoyable. I believed within the first half he performed very properly.”

Karl-Anthony Cities completed with 23 factors for Minnesota. It was his fourth straight sport scoring 20 factors or extra. However scoring was not the difficulty for the Wolves on Sunday, because the Blazers bought loads of factors on the free-throw line.

“Defensively, the penetration actually harm us,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned.

Portland, the league’s finest free-throw capturing staff, took benefit of its free-throw makes an attempt within the first two quarters for a 61-45 halftime lead. Within the sport, the Path Blazers shot 28 for 32 from the road.

The Blazers continued the onslaught within the third quarter, pushing their result in as many as 28 factors.

For the second straight sport, the Blazers struggled from past the arc (7 for 28), nevertheless it did not matter towards the Wolves.

The timeout helped as Minnesota stormed again, even taking a short two-point lead on a 3-pointer from rookie guard Josh Okogie.

Portland, nevertheless, took management of the sport on the power of their subs.

Cities already had his knees wrapped up earlier than the 4th quarter even began, realizing his night time was over.


Path Blazers: In every of final three seasons, Portland’s CJ McCollum has averaged over 20 factors per sport. However regardless of a league-wide scoring increase, McCollum has really seen his scoring common drop to 19 factors. Whereas McCollum is sacrificing some particular person glory, the Blazers have a 7-Three file and entered Sunday with the third-ranked offense within the NBA.

“I feel clearly having Evan (Turner) on the market with them, taking part in extra minutes with Damian (Lillard) impacts how a lot the ball is in his palms. His numbers are in all probability down a little bit bit however not considerably,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts mentioned of the adjustment for McCollum. “The emphasis this yr was, once more, passing and incorporating the staff extra and fewer off the dribble. That is how we’re taking part in proper now. I feel all people was on the identical web page. Not simply speaking to him however to all people.”

Timberwolves: Disgruntled Wolves ahead Jimmy Butler sat out of Sunday night time’s sport in Portland, on account of what the staff deemed “precautionary relaxation.”

Butler didn’t play within the Wolves sport Wednesday, however did play Friday at Golden State

Thibodeau did verify to reporters earlier than the sport that Butler was with the staff, clearly attempting to downplay Butler’s absence in mild of the star ahead’s commerce request.

The Wolves have been additionally with out level guard Derrick Rose on Sunday, who was a late-scratch after being deemed a game-time resolution by his coach.


Path Blazers: House towards the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Timberwolves: On the street towards the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

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