NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Portland
(Tuesday, November 13th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Detroit 94
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers closed out a successful homestand with their fourth consecutive win, 102-94 over the Detroit Pistons at the Rose Garden.
Jarrett Jack and Brandon Roy added 20 apiece for Portland, which opened the season with three losses but has since pulled back above .500.
Travis Outlaw had 13 and Joel Przybilla finished with eight points and 10 rebounds as the Blazers pulled away in the game's final five minutes to complete the perfect four-game homestand.
"If you look at the stats sheet you'll see it was a total team effort," said Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. "Both of our units played well. But I thought we were more aggressive in the second half. We had a little fear, I think, in the first half but after that our confidence grew and grew...We just had a good week of basketball. As I've said before we've wanted to make the Rose Garden a special place to play, especially for our fans. We want teams to come in here with concern."
Detroit had pulled within three with more than two minutes remaining when Jack split a pair of defenders and converted a lefty lay-in to make it 96-91. Aldridge then grabbed a rebound and hit a free throw, and after a Jarvis Hayes turnover, Portland iced the game with a parade to the foul line.
Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 20 points and six rebounds, and Chauncey Billups added 19 points while handing out nine assists.
Richard Hamilton shot just 5-for-20 from the floor on his way to 14 points, and Rasheed Wallace cooled off after a quick start, finishing with 15. The Pistons saw a two-game win streak snapped as they played the second game of a current five-game road swing.
"About halfway through the fourth quarter we got caught up a couple times and we started putting up quick shots," said Billups. "Give them credit they played with a lot of confidence. They prepared and they played hard. They ran a lot of pick and rolls. They got down there and created some opportunities where their shooters got some good looks at some shots. They did a good job."
Detroit led 27-22 after the first, thanks to Wallace's nine points on 3-of-3 from three-point range. Portland pulled within three at the half, then took a lead in the third quarter that held up until Ronald Murray drained a deep, buzzer-beating three to tie the game at 74 heading into the fourth.
The Blazers regained their advantage early in the fourth, but never led by more than six until the final three minutes of a game that featured 40 lead changes and 12 ties.
Jack scored 20 or more for the third time in the homestand...Portland shot 40-for-73 (54.8 percent) from the floor and 16-for-22 (72.7 percent) from the foul line...Detroit made eight three-pointers, but hit just five after the first quarter...Portland won the battle on the glass, 43-36.
11/14 01:37:34 ET