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Postgame Notes And Quotes: Another Big Triple-Double

01/26/13
  1. Written by: sarahhecht

    Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013            Final Score: Portland 101, L.A. Clippers 100

    POSTGAME QUOTES

    HEAD COACH TERRY STOTTS

    “It was good to win a close one again. It had been a while. To end the game on a 10-0 run with 2 and a half minutes to go was kind of a testament to what we’ve done for most of the season. We don’t quit, we bounce back, we’re resilient. We made big plays. In a game that they dominated us on the boards in the second half, that being said, the second chance points were about even. We have to do a better job of rebounding, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow night. I’m sure they’ll make some adjustments and we have some adjustments to make too.”

    On Batum’s triple double:
    “I think he’ll count this one. He was terrific.”

    On using Batum to run offense late:
    “I liked his matchup handling in pick and rolls. A lot of times 3-men aren’t as used to defending pick and rolls as point guards or ones and twos, so I thought that was something we could take advantage of, and just to change things up as well.”

    On area of improvement going to tomorrow’s game:
    “We have to do a better job on Jamal Crawford’s pick and rolls. We adjusted after the last timeout and that was effective. We wanted to get the ball out of his hands, which we did but our rotations and our zoning up on the back line was a little sketchy. We still have to be able to get the ball out of Jamal’s hands at times, but we have to be better once it comes out of rotating. That would be one thing.”

    “Win by one, lose by one, you’ve got to look at it through the same lens and be critical of yourselves. We’ll watch the game on the plane tonight and one point here, one point there doesn’t change what we look at either way.”

    On bogged down stretch offensively in fourth:
    “I give them credit. They’re a good defensive team. Lamar Odom did a nice job, Eric Bledsoe did a nice job. I don’t remember specific plays, but we didn’t have much going on. To be honest, I think the biggest thing was that we weren’t getting stops. You need to augment your half court offense with some transition so you’re not putting pressure on your half court offense. For us to hold them scoreless for whatever it was, that was the biggest difference.”

    JJ HICKSON
     “I think we’re finding out what it takes to win ball games and finding out what it takes to win close ball games. That’s something that we struggled with earlier in the season, but I feel we’re starting to get it.”

    “We’re finding out what it takes to win close games. We knew we didn’t want to come in and lose this game and have to go to LA down 0-1 so to speak. We’re glad we got the win and we have to take care of business tomorrow night.”

    Thoughts on late free throws:
    “Just make them. I forget what game it was, but I missed two free throws when we were down like three points where we could have been a position to foul again and play the free throw game and I missed them. I got kind of down on myself so I said next time I get an opportunity to make two big free throws, I’ve got to knock them down and I did so tonight.”

    Were you thinking about that as you stepped to line?
    “Yeah I was actually. I was walking to the line and if you kind of watched, I had a pep in my step walking to the line. I got the ball, took my time and knocked down two free throws.”

    NICOLAS BATUM
    On comeback win:
    “It’s big… to win this one, especially in a back to back with the same team twice in two nights, this one was huge for us.”

    On second triple double this week:
    “I just try to improve every game, improve every day and try to be a better player. I know I’ve got a lot of expectations this year, so I have to do so many things on the court so that’s what I try to do. I can’t promise a triple double every week, but I try to do some and help the team to win every game.”

    Thoughts on Crawford’s last shot:
    “I tried to guard him – I knew he wouldn’t drive and get a an iso shot, I knew that so I just tried to deny that. If he makes it, he makes it. I try everything I can. He’s very good.”

    On Hickson’s free throws at the end:
    “Clutch, clutch, he was clutch at the end.”

    POSTGAME NOTES

    - Triple-double machine … Nicolas Batum finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, marking his second triple-double of his career and his second in the last three games … Batum is the second Trail Blazer is team history to record two triple-doubles in the same week (Clyde Drexler, twice) and the 10th player to record multiple triple-doubles with the Trail Blazers … Batum is the first Trail Blazer to record at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a game since Rod Strickland (2/15/95 at Phoenix).

    - League leader … Batum is one of four NBA players to record multiple triple-doubles this season (R. Rondo, L. James, J. Calderon) Batum and Rondo are the only NBA players to record two triple-doubles in the same week this season.

    - Finishing strong … The Trail Blazers ended the game on a 10-0 run in the final 2:21 … With the victory tonight, Portland improved to 15-1 when leading after three quarters, and have now won 13 straight in that category.

    - Assist man … Batum tallied a career-high 12 assists tonight … That number is tied for the most assists by a non-guard in the NBA this year (LeBron James, 11/15 at Denver) … Batum and James are the only non-guards in the league this season who have recorded at least eight assists in 10 games this season.

    - Buckets … Batum now has 21 games with at least three made 3-pointers this season, fifth in the NBA.

    - 20-point performance … Damian Lillard scored 20 points tonight, his 21st game this season of scoring at least 20 points … Lillard is tied with LaMarcus Aldridge for 11th in the NBA in most 20-point games this season.

    - Series history … With the win tonight, Portland snapped a three-game losing streak to the Clippers … The Trail Blazers have not lost four games in a row to Los Angeles since losing five in a row between March 21, 2005 and Nov. 6, 2006.

    - Breaking through … Entering tonight, the Clippers were fourth in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing an average of 93.4 points per game … Portland finished with 101 … The Clippers had six steals tonight … Los Angeles entered tonight’s contest number one in the NBA in steals per game, averaging 10.27 per game.

    - You’ve got to make your free throws … Portland set a season-high for free throw percentage tonight, shooting 95.2 percent (20-of-21) from the charity stripe … The Trail Blazers were 16-of-16 from the free throw line in the second half.

    - Career night … Blake Griffin finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists … His 10 assists tied his career high (3 other times).

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