Blazers miss 20 three-pointers but still beat Raptors
Portland, OR, United States (4E Sports) – The Portland Trail Blazers set a new league record for futility by missing all of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc but relied on their inside game to emerge victorious over the Toronto Raptors, 92-74, Monday at Rose Garden.
Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and grabbed 12 boards and center JJ Hickson tallied 16 points and 11 boards as the Blazers outscored the Raptors in the shaded area, 54-26, to clinch their ninth win in 21 games.
“I know — we broke the record. For that record to be broken in a win is even more impressive,” Portland coach Terry Stotts after the game.
The previous NBA mark for three-point inaccuracy was New York’s 0-for-18 shooting in a game against New Jersey in 2010.
“Is that a misprint? I’m speechless on that,” Stotts added when told about the Blazers’ dominance in the paint.
Nolan Smith added 11 points off the bench while the Blazers’ starting backcourt of Sasha Pavlovic and Damian Lillard added 10 and nine points, respectively but missed five three-pointers each.
Luke Babbitt also missed five three-pointers and Victor Claver clanged three attempts from beyond the arc for the Blazers.
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors (4-18), who dropped their 11th straight road game and 11th in 12 games overall.
After a close three quarters of play, The Blazers grabbed a 75-64 lead after Aldridge’s jumper and extended it to 90-72 behind two foul shots by Lillard with less than two minutes left.
In the third period, Amir Johnson got into a beef with referee David Jones and was quickly ejected with a pair of technical fouls.
The Toronto forward threw his mouthpiece, hitting Jones in the back, before he was escorted from the floor by teammates and coaches. He apologized after the game.
“I don’t know what happened with Amir. He kind of lost his mind there a little bit,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.