NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 18th
(All times Eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (8-2) at Brooklyn Nets (3-6), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers will try for a seventh
straight victory on Monday night when their road trip takes them to the
Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets.
The Blazers haven't won seven in a row since a 13-game streak back in December
of 2007. The 8-2 record is Portland's best since a 9-1 start to the 1999-2000
Win No. 6 in a row came in overtime in Toronto on Sunday afternoon. The
Blazers squandered a 17-point lead, but prevailed in the extra session to get
the 118-110 victory.
"This wasn't the first time we have done it," said Nicolas Batum. "Like four
or five times in a row we had a good lead and had to close out the game and
the other team came back. It paid off right now because we won the game in
overtime but we have to close the game when you are up 15, 18 with seven
minutes to go, we have to close the game."
The Blazers converted a season-best 15 3-pointers and shot almost 47 percent
from beyond the arc.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard each scored 25 points for Portland.
Aldridge pulled down 11 rebounds. Batum finished with 24 points and Wesley
Matthews added 17. Mo Williams chipped in 13 points off the bench.
The Blazers visit Milwaukee on Wednesday to end their trip east.
The Nets just returned from a trip west and the journey wasn't a successful
one. Brooklyn went 1-2 and barely came home with its starting five intact.
Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all missed the
finale of the road trip, a 110-103 loss Saturday night to the Los Angeles
It was supposed to mark a reunion of Garnett, Pierce and Clippers coach Doc
Rivers, who were all together for championship glory with the Boston Celtics
before the team essentially decided to rebuild this season.
Those who suited up for the Nets played admirably, led by 19 points from
Andray Blatche, who started in place of Lopez, and rookie Miles Plumlee. Alan
Anderson scored 15 points, while Joe Johnson, the only normal starter who
played, and Tyshawn Taylor each scored 13 points.
"We came to play. Those guys that suited up gave me everything they had," Nets
coach Jason Kidd said. "The ball just didn't bounce our way tonight."
All Brooklyn players are expected to be available on Monday night.
The Nets swept both matchups last season and the two teams have split the last
eight east-coast meetings between the two.
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