Portland Trail Blazers blitzed from minute one, roared out to a 34-9 first quarter lead, and pounded Phoenix Suns at Moda Center tonight, won 108-86. Nothing like the NBA’s worst record to cure what’s happening to you.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points, 21 in the first half and Jake Layman had a first half to remember with a career high 17 points in just ten minutes. Josh Jackson had 14 points for the suns, which fell to 1-12 on the way this season.
Here are tonight’s takeaways.
- No McCollum No problem: Portland played without CJ McCollum, who suffered an ankle injury to Dallas. Seth Curry started in his place. Despite the absence of his second leading scorer, Blazers overwhelmed a Suns group without his two leading scorers, Devin Booker and TJ Warren.
- Layman world, festive time, excellent: Jake Layman played for the first time in the last six games and made the most of it. He beat seven of his first eight shots, made 1
7 first half points and simply beat every player in his way.
- Black Hole Sun: Phoenix was held under ten points in the first quarter for the second game in a row. While Portland would like this victory to be the catalyst that drives them through an upcoming ten game game with some rough opponents, the limited resistance of the sun can not be the powerful force.
Portland faces Minnesota Timberwolves home on Saturday.