Trail Blazers seek 5-1 road trip with final game in Dallas

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PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (9-3) at DALLAS MAVERICKS (6-5)
November 12, 2022 — American Airlines Center — 5:30 PM PST
Regular Season Game #13 — Away Game #8
TV: ROOT SPORTS PLUS
RADIO: Rip City Radio 620 AM

SERIES HISTORY

ALL THE TIME: Trail Blazers lead, 88-79

PORTLAND HOUSE: Trail Blazers lead, 54-28

DALLAS HOUSE: The Mavericks lead, 51-34

SERIES TICKETS
  • Portland and Dallas will meet four times during the regular season, with the first matchup taking place in Dallas on November 12.
  • LAST SEASON: The Trail Blazers lost the 2021-22 season series to the Mavericks, 0-3.
  • Damien Lillard posted a career-high 61 points for the second time in his career on August 11, 2020 at Dallas.
  • Jusuf Nurkic has recorded double-doubles in four of his last seven games against the Mavericks.

NEWS AND NOTES

SHARP LOOK: Shaedon Sharpe scored a career-high 17 points (7-10 FG) Nov. 9 at Charlotte in the team’s 105-95 win.

RISE SOCIALLY: On Nov. 9 in Charlotte, Damian Lillard passed Shawn Marion (17,700) and Magic Johnson (17,707) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list to move up to 83rd place. He entered the night at No. 85 with 17,684 points.

GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD: The Trail Blazers got their first 3-0 start on the road since 1997 (this team went 4-0), winning road games in Sacramento on Oct. 19, Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 23 and Phoenix on Nov. 4 to start the regular season.

TO THE BUZZER: Portland has hit two buzzer winners so far this season – one by Jerami Grant on Nov. 4 in Phoenix and another by Josh Hart on Nov. 7 in Miami. The last regular season in which the Blazers had multiple wins with no time left was 2008-09: November 6, 2008 against Houston and February 8, 2009 against New York – both by Brandon Roy.

THREE OF RAIN: Jerami Grant recorded his eighth career game with five-plus hours on Nov. 7 in Miami, also marking his 15-plus hours as a Trail Blazer.

IMPOSSIBLE GRANT: Jerami Grant went for a season-high 30 points against the Suns on Nov. 4, scoring his highest half as a Blazer with 18 first-half points and hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer to secure the win for Portland.

WINSLOW WINS: Justise Winslow came close to a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Portland’s 108-106 victory at Phoenix, his first start of the season, on Nov. 4.

SHOT THREE: Jusuf Nurkic shot 3-3 from three-pointers on Nov. 2 against Memphis, scoring a career-high 3 p.m. and his fourth career game with multiple 3 p.m.s. He followed that up by going 2-2 from three in the win over Phoenix on Nov. 4. career.

ANFERNO: Anfernee Simons broke out in the third quarter of Monday night’s win over DEN, scoring 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 6-of-7 on three. Simons finished the game with 29 points as he shot 7 of 12 from three. This is Simons’ eighth game as a pro in which he has scored 7+ three-pointers in a game.

SET ON FIRE: The Trail Blazers scored 135 points in a Monday night win over Denver and scored 80 points in the second half, including 44 points in the third quarter. The last time the Blazers scored at least 80 second-half points was on Feb. 3, 1989, at LAL. Portland’s season high for points scored in a quarter last season was 42 points, which happened twice.

BACK TO BACK 40 PIECES: Damian Lillard has scored 41 points in consecutive games against Phoenix and at LA Lakers. Dame last recorded more than 40 consecutive games in the bubble (recorded three games in a row, on August 9, 11 and 13, 2020).

It’s also the fifth time in her career that Dame has recorded at least 40 points in consecutive games.

HUNTING FOR HISTORY: Damian Lillard entered the 2022-23 season with 17,510 career points. He scored 61 points in the young season and needs 470 points to pass Clyde Drexler and become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

THE CLEAR IMAGE: Trail Blazers Rookie Shaedon Sharpe had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting including 3-of-3 from range. Sharpe is the first Blazer to score in double digits on his NBA debut since Jake Layman (17) in 2016. He is also the third Blazer in history to hit three or more 3-FGs on his NBA debut. .

Most 15 hours by a Blazer in his NBA debut:

5…… J. Laic (1/11/16 vs. GSW)
3……R. Fernandez (28/10/08 vs LAL)
3……S. Sharpe (10/19/22 vs SCA)

SCORE 40 and 30: Damian Lillard scored his 41 points in the overtime win over Phoenix on Friday night. It was the 41st career game in which Dame scored 40 or more points. This also becomes the 200th occurrence in which Dame has scored at least 30 or more points in a game. Lillard continues to expand the margin for most career games in which he has scored 40-plus points and 30-plus points in franchise history.

GRANTED: Jerami Grant led the Trail Blazers in scoring with 23 points. His 23 points are the most in a first Blazer since Josh Hart, who also scored 23 on Feb. 12 of last season against the Knicks. Grant is the ninth player in Blazer history to record 23 or more points in his Blazer debut.

A LITTLE HEART: Of all NBA players 6’7″ and under, Josh Hart ranked fifth in rebounds per game during the 2021-22 season (7.2) while Nassir Petit ranked 10th (5.6).

LAST FIVE MATCHES

Trail Blazers 106, Pelicans 95 — November 10, 2022 — Smoothie King Center — Game 12 (9-3, 6-1 away)

Portland beat New Orleans by a final score of 106-95 in the second straight game the Trail Blazers held their opponent to within 100 points… Jerami Grant had 27 points (10-20 FG, 4- 8 3P, 4-8 3P, 3-5 FT) to go with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in 42 minutes… Anfernee Simons scored 23 points (5-18 FG, 5-13 3P, 8 -8 FT), three rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes… Josh Hart had 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3P, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes . .. The Trail Blazers outshot the Pelicans 46-36 in the paint… Zion Williamson led New Orleans with 29 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 32 minutes.

Trail Blazers 105, Hornets 95 — November 9, 2022 — Spectrum Center — Game #11 (8-3, 5-1 away)

The Trail Blazers beat the Hornets by a final score of 105-95 … Shaedon Sharpe scored a career-high 17 points (7-10 FG) to go along with four rebounds in 29 minutes … Damian Lillard finished with 26 points (8 -16 FG, 6-12 3-PT, 4-8 FT), six rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes… Anfernee Simons had 19 points (7-18 FG, 2-9 3-PT, 3-6 FT) , three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 33 minutes…Drew Eubanks had 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 22 minutes…Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 18 points in 35 minutes.

Trail Blazers 110, Heat 107 – November 7, 2022 – FTX Arena – Game 10 (7-3, 4-1 away)

Portland beat Miami by a final score of 110-107…Josh Hart hit a buzzer-beater to secure the Trail Blazers victory, scoring the second winner of the last three games…The last regular season in which the Trail Blazers have hit 2008-09: November 6, 2008 against Houston and February 8, 2009 against New York, both by Brandon Roy…Anfernee Simons had 25 points, four assists and a steal in 32 minutes…Jerami Grant had 23 points (9-15 FG, 5-8 3-PT), six rebounds, two assists and a block in 35 minutes … Damian Lillard had 19 points (4-12 FG, 3-8 3-PT, 8-9 FT), three rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes… Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Max Strus led the Heat with 16 points apiece.

Suns 102, Trail Blazers 82 — November 5, 2022 — Footprint Arena — Game 9 (6-3, 3-1 away)

The Trail Blazers fell to the Suns by a final score of 102-82 on Saturday night… Jerami Grant had 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-1 3-PT, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a block in 26 minutes… Shaedon Sharpe finished with 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3-PT), four rebounds and a block in 27 minutes… Jusuf Nurkic recorded eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3-PT), seven rebounds and a block in 23 minutes… Devin Booker led the Suns with 24 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.

Trail Blazers 108, Suns 106 — November 4, 2022 — Footprint Arena — Game 8 (6-2, 3-0 away)

Portland defeated Phoenix by a final score of 108-106 on Friday night… The Suns’ only two regular season losses so far have both been to the Trail Blazers… Jerami Grant posted a game-high 30 points (10- 17 FG, 1-3 3-PT, 9-11 FT) to go along with two rebounds, five assists and a block in 39 minutes, also scoring his most successful half as a Blazer with 18 first-half points. time… Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-2 3-PT), eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in 25 minutes… Judge Winslow had 12 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3-PT), nine rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 32 minutes in his first start of the season … Devin Booker led the Suns with 25 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and a block in 38 minutes … Deandre Ayton had 24 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes for Phoenix.

INJURY REPORT

Jerami Grant (left ankle) and Justise Winslow (right ankle) are likely, Keon Johnson (left hip), Shaedon Sharpe (right 5th finger) and Jusuf Nurkic (right hip) are questionable, and Gary Payton II (return to play conditioning ) and Olivier Sarr (right wrist) are absent.

As for the Mavericks, Christian Wood (left knee) is likely and Davis Bertans (right knee), Tyler Dorsey (G League), Jaden Hardy (G League) and McKinley Wright IV (G League) are out for Saturday’s game in Dallas . .

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Tip for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT. All Portland Trail Blazers regular season and preseason games will air on Trail Blazers Broadcasting’s flagship station, Rip City Radio 620 AM. Travis Demers enters its fourth full season providing detailed commentary for all home and away games, with Michael Holton adding a comment.

On TV, ROOT SPORTS PLUS will air 81 Trail Blazers regular season games featuring Kevin Calabro call play-by-play, Lamar Hurd provide analysis and Brooke Olzendam reporting from the sidelines. Between ROOT SPORTS PLUS, TNT and ESPN, all 82 regular season games will be televised. For all viewing options, visit www.trailblazers.com/watch.

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