The Portland Trail Blazers made the first-minute blitz, roared to 34-9 in the first quarter, and beat the Phoenix Suns at the Fashion Center tonight, winning 108-86. Nothing like the team with the worst record of the NBA to cure what afflicts you.
Damian Lillard scored 25 points, 21 in the first half, and Jake Layman had a first half to remember with 17 points in his career in just ten minutes. Josh Jackson had 14 points for the Suns, who dropped to 1-12 on the road this season.
Here are the takeaways of tonight.
- No McCollum No Problem: Portland played without CJ McCollum, who suffered an ankle injury against Dallas. Seth Curry started in his place. Despite the absence of their second top scorer, the Blazers have swept a team of Suns without the two top scorers, Devin Booker and TJ Warren.
Layman World, Party Time, Excellent: Jake Layman played for the first time in the last six games and took full advantage of it. He hit seven of his first eight hits, scored 1
- Black Hole Sun: Phoenix was held less than ten points in the first quarter for the second game in a row. While Portland would like this victory to be the catalyst that feeds them through an upcoming ten game stretch with some tough opponents, the limited strength of the Suns may not be that energizing force.
What & # 39; s Next:
Portland faces Minnesota Timberwolves home Saturday