NBA: Blazers build three-game win streak

2012-11-19T11:00:00Z NBA: Blazers build three-game win streakThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 19, 2012 11:00 am  • 

PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews was kind of taken aback when he was told that Portland’s last three-game winning streak came in the Trail Blazers’ first three games of last season.

The Blazers had been unable to string a trio of wins together since then until Sunday night, when they beat the Chicago Bulls 102-94.

“It feels good, getting our juices going, our confidence going,” said Matthews, who had 21 points. “We’re finally playing like a team that knows how to win.”

The other two wins, a 103-89 victory at Sacramento before a 119-117 overtime victory over Houston at the Rose Garden on Friday, came after a three-game losing streak.

As for it being the longest winning streak since the Blazers opened last season with three wins, Matthews shook his head. Portland finished the lockout season 28-39, capped by a seven-game losing streak.

“Last season was such a debacle,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about it for the rest of my life.”

Nicolas Batum also scored 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds as all of Portland’s starters were in double figures.

Joakim Noah had 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, which lost its second straight. The Bulls (5-5) had not lost two straight this season.

Portland improved to 5-5 in coach Terry Stotts’ first season with the team.

“It’s good to be .500, but we didn’t go into the game saying ‘Let’s be .500,’” Stotts said. “The important thing is winning at home and playing well. The record takes care of itself.”

Lakers 119, Rockets 108: Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Los Angeles Lakers ran past Houston for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.

Thunder 119, Warriors 109: Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists to lead Oklahoma City past Golden State.

Knicks 88, Pacers 76: Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds to help New York bounce back from its first loss of the season with a win over Indiana.

Nets 99, Kings 90: Reserve forward Andray Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn over Sacramento for its fifth straight win.

Raptors 97, Magic 86: DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto over slumping Orlando.

76ers 86, Cavaliers 79: Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead Philadelphia over reeling Cleveland.

Pistons 103, Celtics 83: Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Detroit beat Boston for its first home win of the season.

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