The Blazers coasted to victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday night in a game in which they led nearly the entire way. Orlando isn't a terrible team, but they played poorly and the Blazers' celebrated backcourt showed them no mercy. Lillard and McCollum combined for 67 points while Hassan Whiteside dominated the inside game. It wasn't all roses for the Blazers as starting forward Carmelo Anthony went down with a leg contusion and didn't play in the second half. The final score was 118-103. Oh, and it was 80s night in the Moda Center. Read on for fabulous fan pictures...
The score was 31-13 after one quarter and the game seemed to be headed towards blowout territory. But the Blazers' limited reserves proved unable to maintain the big lead. Depleted by injuries, the Blazers lack depth this year and as such rely on their big scorers, Lillard and McCollum, to keep them out of trouble. On this night, that strategy worked. Former Blazer Al Farouq Aminu was in the house, sitting on the Orlando bench with an injury. He was greeted warmly by his former teammates.
Okay, did we mention it was 80s night? This meant that several Blazers players from the 80's were introduced during the breaks and they played a lot of musical hits from that dubious decade. Spirited fans got into the nostalgia act as well. Behold:
Alright, the second half wan't much to write home about. The Blazers never gained a huge lead, but they kept things safely under control. The crowd enjoyed the Blazer victory and cheered at all the right moments. Carmelo Anthony stayed in the locker room with his leg injury and is being evaluated for future contests, likely out for tomorrow's game. Believe it or not, the Blazers are now in the playoff hunt, holding down 8th place in the western conference with a 13-16 record. It's not the way we'd hoped this season would shape up, but no longer is our hometown team dwelling near the bottom on the standings. The Blazers play the 12th place Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night at the Moda Center in a game that will likely be more competitive than this one was.
We sure do miss having these guys on the court: