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Sunday, December 15th
(All times Eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (20-4) at Detroit Pistons (11-13), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers hope to have the hot hand
again when they resume a four-game road trip Sunday against the Detroit
Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Blazers opened the sojourn with Saturday's 139-105 beating of the
Philadelphia 76ers and knocked down a franchise-record 21 3-pointers (21-
of-37). Former Sixer Dorell Wright hit all five of his 3-point attempts en
route to 15 points and both Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews sank four.
Lillard and Matthews finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and
LaMarcus Aldridge added a team-high 20 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
Nicolas Batum ended with 17 points for the Blazers, who made 55.9 percent of
their shots and improved to 10-2 away from home.
"They were all open good looks. It shows how well we're moving the ball right
now," said Lillard.
Portland has won three straight and improved to 20-4 on the season. It is the
first team in the competitive Western Conference to post 20 victories. The
Blazers are also first in the NBA with 107.8 points per game and Houston is
right behind at 107.7 ppg. The Rockets are in Sacramento Sunday.
The Blazers, winners of three straight on the road, still have to visit
Cleveland and Minnesota on the trek. They will face a Pistons' defense that is
allowing opponents to shoot 37.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Detroit ended a three-game losing streak its last time out, a 103-99 triumph
versus the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at The Palace.
Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Drummond added
22 points and 13 boards. Drummond leads the NBA in field goal percentage
(62.9) and is tops in the East with 17 double-doubles. He also ranks fourth in
the NBA in rebounding, averaging 12.7 boards per game.
"I work hard at it every day and the results are going to show up sooner than
later. Tonight was an example of the hard work I put into it," said Drummond.
Rodney Stuckey and Kyle Singler scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, off the
bench for the Pistons, who won for the fifth time in eight tries and improved
to 6-7 as the host this season. The Pistons, who once led by 21 points at
65-44, scored a season-high 38 second-quarter points behind 16 from Drummond.
Brooklyn made a run at the end for a 101-99 score, but Detroit pulled away to
snap a two-game home losing streak. The Pistons outscored Brooklyn, 60-38, in
After hosting the Trail Blazers Detroit will play two straight and five of
seven games on the road.
Portland handed the Pistons a 109-103 loss in the Rose City on Nov. 11 and has
prevailed in eight of the last 10 matchups between the teams. The Blazers are
10-5 in the last 15 trips to The Palace.
12/15 10:31:04 ET