The Blazers started the game 0-10 from the 3-point line and were down double digits early in the 1st half. In their first game without star, Cj McCollum, it looked like his presence was going to be sorely missed tonight. Portland then went on a stretch of hitting 11 of their next 14 3-point attempts to secure a 106-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Damian Lillard led the way for the Blazers with 30 points and 15 assists while Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 11 rebounds. In the absence of McCollum the bench unit stepped up for a combined 32 points while starting forwards Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu combined for 26 points and 8 rebounds.
With the win, Portland now improves to 43-27 on the year, good for sole possession of 4th place in the west. Up next for the Blazers are the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday night in the Moda Center. Make sure to tune in after the final whistle of every Blazer game for The Last Quarter with Peter Sampson.