Scoring 139 points in an NBA game is impressive enough on its own, but when a team can do it in just 48 minutes of regulation and do it in the opposing team’s building, it is the definition of scary good.
The Portland Trail Blazers shot the lights out in route to a 139-105 road win in Philadelphia on Saturday night, and they did it without the benefit of a single player exceeding 20 points. The now 20-4 Blazers placed 8 players in double-figures, but it was the outright efficiency of their offensive production that separated this effort from any of their other singular showings from this season.
Portland shot a blistering 55.9% from the field in the game, but their 3-point effort of 21-for-37 (56.8%) was what pushed them over the top. Six different players on the Blazers roster knocked down at least two threes, and all six of those players exceeded 40% from beyond the arc in their attempts.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the team in scoring with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but the rest of the starting 5 each posted +/- numbers that exceeded +20, and even Dorell Wright (who hit 5-for-5 from three in just 11 minutes) went crazy off the bench for Portland. In addition to the shooting pace, Portland generated more opportunities to score with a decisive 46-33 edge on the glass, and not even a quality offensive showing from Philly (that featured 60% from beyond the arc) could keep them in the game.
The Blazers entered the night with one of the NBA’s best offenses, but they leave Philly having achieved a new “gold standard” that they may not be able to repeat for the duration of the season. Either way, it was fun to watch.