Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 112, Celtics 104

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January 11, 2014

NOTES

• The Trail Blazers are now 18-2 this season when LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in scoring.

• Portland has shot at least 70% from the foul line in 25 straight games, the third-longest streak in team history and longest since 1986.

• Portland improves to 8-3 this season at home when trailing at halftime.

• The Trail Blazers have scored at least 98 points in 25 straight games for the 10th time in team history and first time since 1990 (44 games).

• Robin Lopez tied his career high with nine offensive rebounds, which he set last week against Philadelphia on Jan. 4.

• Portland’s 20 offensive rebounds tonight mark a new season high. Boston also grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, tied for Portland’s opponent high this season.

• Portland went on a 13-0 run from the 8:00 mark to the 4:56 mark in the third quarter, taking the lead for the first time and never trailing again in the game.

• The Trail Blazers got their first lead of the night (69-68) at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Wesley Matthews.

• The Trail Blazers are now 14-1 this year when Mo Williams scores in double digits.

• LaMarcus Aldridge posted his 15th game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, fourth-most in the NBA this season.

• Tonight marks the fifth game this season that the Trail Blazers have had at least two players score in double figures coming off the bench. Portland is 5-0 when at least two reserves score in double figures.

• Seven Trail Blazers scored in double figures for the second time this season (Dec. 14 at Philadelphia - 8).

• Damian Lillard has now made 120 3-pointers this season, the most in the NBA.

• CJ McCollum scored in double figures (10 points) for the first time in his career and made his first career 3-pointer (finished with two).

• With 38 minutes tonight, LaMarcus Aldridge has played 19,333 career minutes with the Trail Blazers, passing Rasheed Wallace for fifth on the Trail Blazers all-time list.

• With free five throws made tonight (1,801 career), LaMarcus Aldridge passed Jim Paxson for sixth on the Trail Blazers all-time list.

• Avery Bradley scored 25-plus points for the third time this season and finished two points shy of a season high (27, Nov. 16 at Minnesota).

QUOTES

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Damian Lillard

On Difference In Second Half:
“Same thing every game. We just tightened up our defense. We got out in transition and we played with a lot more energy.”

On Getting Off To Better Starts:
“I really don’t know the answer. We did it at the start of the year, we just have to get back to that. I think with our success, we kind of relax a little at the start of games because we feel like we can make it a game if we get down. We just have to get back to playing 48 minutes.”

On Balanced Scoring:
“It’s really important. A lot of times, LA will have 30 points, I’ll have 20 points and Wes will have 17 or 18, but today, it was everybody that contributed to the win. We needed it. We didn’t have our greatest shooting night and we got a slow start defensively, so it was important for everybody to put in. If we can have slow nights like tonight and everybody steps up and contributes, it’s going to be big for us down the road.”

Do You Think Playing Down To The Competition Has Contributed To Slow Starts Lately?:
“I wouldn’t say down to the competition. You can get beat by any team on any night. I think the problem is, like I said, we feel like we can win games. We’ve been down 20 points at home and on the road and we’ve come back to win games. So that’s just having confidence in ourselves that we allow ourselves to relax.”

On The Play Of CJ McCollum:
“He looked great. From what we know of him, he’s a scorer. He can put the ball in the hole. Tonight I think you guys got to see just a glimpse of it. But we’ll need that from him, for him to come in and knock down shots and make plays. That would be huge for us to have another guy coming in the game that can contribute the way he can.”

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Terry Stotts

On Tonight's Game:
“Well it’s always good to get a win. You try not to be disappointed about not playing necessarily as well as you wanted to. Offensively, we were good and defensively, we were good when we needed to be. But this stretch of playing teams with a lesser record, apparently is tough for us to get up for. But in the end, it was good to get the win.”

On McCollum:
“He was terrific. He kept us afloat in the first half. He came in aggressive and he looked for his shots. Those two threes, I thought they did a good job of closing out on him and he still focuses and made the shots. It seemed like he was much more comfortable than he was in his first game.”

On Slow Starts:
“I don’t know. Generally, its usually a lot of different things. It’s never one thing. You give credit to the opponent for making shots and being aggressive. Some of it is us, some of it is them. At this point, I don’t want to belabor it. We have three days off with Cleveland coming in. They’re a quality team so I don’t really want to belabor the point.”

On Playing Like A Second Half Team:
“I like being a second half team. If I had my choice, I’d rather be a second half team. But we’re still a work in progress. There’s room for improvement. I’ve said that from the beginning. We had a good start of the season but we aren’t a finished product. We’ve got to continue to incrementally grow – basketball-wise and everything else.”

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Avery Bradley

On What Needs To Change To Win Games Like This:
"You have to take your shots down the stretch and you have to defend. "

On If He Is Surprised The Team Went 0-7 Despite Playing Well On The Trip:
“I wouldn’t say surprising. We haven’t been able to finish games out the way we’ve wanted to, we had a chance to win multiple games on this road trip. It’s just unfortunate. All we can do is focus on the next game at home. It’s very frustrating to lose seven in a row but I guess we can use it as motivation, that’s what I’m going to do.”

On The Mentality After The Trip:
“I hope it makes everyone hungry because this is kind of embarrassing. You don’t ever want to lose seven games in a row. Like I said, we’re sticking together, I know everyone wants to improve and get better and win the next game against Houston.”

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Brad Stevens

On The Game:
“They did what they do. Their offense was just outstanding, it moves well, it flows well. We talked about the continuity of their system and they know their reads inside and out. Especially when they have Williams and Lillard in, gosh their ability to put the ball on the floor. You’ve got to be cognicent of where your guys are because they score so well.”

On Losing Close Games Lately:
“If you tell us before the trip that you’re going to play and have a chance within two possesions of the Clippers and a possession with the Warriors and a couple possessions here, you’re going to feel pretty good. And hey, you’ve got a shot to win against three contenders for the West. But at the same time, those droughts are killing us, no doubt about it. I think we can get better in those, but you know what, I’m trying to figure out is it because we’re really playing at such a high level the whole rest of the time. That’s the encouraging part.”

On CJ McCollum:
“I love CJ’s game, he’s a good player. We obviously knew all about him. I got to know him a little it in the past, I think he is an outstanding player and I think he is going to be a great addition to that bench.”