After a comeback win over San Antonio, the Blazers are coming off their second straight home win (134-124) against the Jazz after a mammoth 60-point performance by Damian Lillard. season, his personal best unit back.
However, if Damian Lillard quickly warmed the wrist with his team’s first five points, the Jazz got off to the best start (31-19) with a fairly clear victory in the first quarter. However, with 17 points in the second quarter alone, Damian Lillard’s team dominated the offense (47-33) in a period that changed the trend. front (66-64).
The return from the locker room was even bloodier for Damian Lillard, who would go on to score 20 consecutive points in the final three minutes of the third quarter, including three 3-point bombs farther than others. Very nice lady!
Fifteen points pushed back, the Jazz would gradually accept defeat, and Damian Lillard scored a dozen points in the final quarter without forcing too much. With 60 walks, he posted his second-best offensive performance of the season (behind Donovan Mitchell’s 71 points and Luka Doncic’s 60 points).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Lady’s super hot shot. He sounded the alarm after a very bad loss to the Lakers, and as always, Damian Lillard led by example. After his 37-point game to beat San Antonio, the point guard hit a 60-point game against Utah. A true offensive display, highlighted by an incredible streak of 20 straight points at the end of the 3rd quarter, with the moonshots that built his reputation. This is Lillard’s fourth career game with 60 or more points! He joins Michael Jordan and James Harden.
– The third quarter of “Twilight Zone”. Trailing 82-74 with five minutes left in the third quarter, the Jazz were in the perfect ambush to pull away from the often mentally fragile Blazers. But Damian Lillard took control of operations in Rip City for a sequence that won’t soon be forgotten. It started with two layups and a shot, then a 3-pointer, then a second from long range, then a power penetration, then another 3-pointer from even further away. 20 consecutive points and here Blazers 102-86, more calm to end the game.
✅ Damian Lillard. And Lillard’s evening? With 29 seconds left, he had a chance to tie his career high of 61 points, but the ball bounced out of the circle. This is probably the only hiccup of a dream evening for the Queen, who fired all the woods in 60 pawns, a perfect performance with a very good percentage, judge for yourself: 21/29, including 9/15, 3-pointers and 9/10 shots ! Teacher!
Jeremy Grant. In the last game, with the lowest total of the season (3 points), he had 19 points, 5 rebounds and a little bit of everything (2 assists, 2 steals, 1 against). On 9/15 shooting, including a bunch of dunks in the fast game, he regained his confidence on offense.
✅ Lauri Markkanen. The head of the Jazz, considered untouchable, played in Portland. But with 24 points and only 4 rebounds, the “Finnish” could not reverse the trend of the game that ran away from his team in the third quarter…
✅⛔️ Anfernee Simons. Demian Lillard’s young lieutenant finished the competition with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds. A good stat record, especially with a nice 3-pointer in 24 buzzers or an explosive two-handed dunk on the baseline. But that’s a 5/15 ratio on shots that don’t reflect efficiency.
⛔️ Malik Beasley. The Jazz shooting guard had a rough evening in Rip City, finishing with just 10 points on multiple shot attempts (3/10, including 3/9 3-pointers). With this, he returned 6 rebounds and distributed 5 assists.
Portland (23-25): hosting the Raptors on Saturday night.
Utah (25-26): Mavs reception on Saturday night.