Portland Trail Blazers fall against Brooklyn Nets


Kevin Durant guards Damian Lillard Photo courtesy of Bruce Ely

Devin Guerra-Burnett, Staff Reporter

Professional basketball is back and in the thick of their season. Recently the Portland Trail Blazers took a fall against the Brooklyn Nets in a close game.

The Blazers are 10-5 so far this season, including last night’s loss to the Nets, making the Nets 7-9.

The game between the two NBA teams was a close one. The Nets took the win with a final score of 109-107. Nets forward Royce O’Neale scored on a tip-in with 0.7 seconds giving them the lead.

According to the ESPN website, Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had 25 points and 11 assists. The team averaged 38.7% for shots made and attempted, 29% of those shots were in the second half.

“We never really got a flow in the fourth quarter,” said Blazers coach Chauncey Billups in the postgame press conference. 

“The end of the third quarter really hurt us,” said Coach Billups. ”We had an 11 point lead with 2:40 to go, [Brooklyn] went on a 14-0 run that turned the tide on us. From there we were in scramble mode.”

With the Blazers trying to catch up, they soon began fouling Nets point guard Ben Simmons; he went three out of four on the free throw line, Nets preserving a 103-99 lead. Nets forward Kevin Durant then went to the line making it 106-103 lead.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic was fouled by Durant on a layup with 6.5 seconds left on the clock. Nurkic turned that around on a three point play and made it a tied game at 107-107.

Durant missing an off-balance fadeaway shot and O’Neale putting it back up with only seconds on the clock ended the game with a win for the Nets.

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