Monday, May 12, 2008

Season timeline: November and December

We put together a Top 10 Moments of the Season segment here at last week. Check it out if you haven't already. And after you go through the top plays, consider sending us your thoughts on the moments we picked or didn't pick.

I was aided in putting together the top moments by a season timeline Trail Blazers PR flack Collin Romer put together, and I found his work so thorough and intriguing that I thought I'd share it. So here are some of the more noteworthy events from November and December 2007.

November 13: A 102-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons gives the Trail Blazers a perfect 4-0 record on their season-opening homestand, the best start at the Rose Garden since 1999-2000 when Portland began the season 5-0 at home. The 4-0 home start is tied for the franchise's 11th best in 38 seasons.

December 3: Travis Outlaw takes an inbounds pass with 2.8 seconds left and scores his 21st point of the night on a running bank shot as time expires to give Portland a 106-105 victory at Memphis. Outlaw scores the Trail Blazers' last seven points in the game's final 56 seconds, and the game-winning basket marks Outlaw's first game-winner as an NBA player. His clutch shot proves to be the catalyst for the team's 13-game winning streak.

December 10: Second-year guard Brandon Roy is named Western Conference Player of the Week, becoming the first Trail Blazer since Rasheed Wallace in 2001-02 to receive that honor. Roy is awarded for averaging 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists while shooting 59.2 percent from the floor during wins over Memphis, Miami and Milwaukee during the week of Dec. 3-9.

December 11: Portland gains its first win at Utah in four seasons, and only its sixth since 1991, with a 97-89 victory over the Jazz. Playing without LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers are boosted by Martell Webster's 25 points on five 3-pointers.

December 17: Brandon Roy earns Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time in as many weeks, becoming only the second Trail Blazer (Clyde Drexler, 1987-88) to earn the honor in back-to-back weeks. The reigning Rookie of the Year averages 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.0 steals in wins over Utah, Golden State, Utah and Denver for the week of Dec. 10-16.

December 21: The Rose Garden erupts when a 99-96 win over the Denver Nuggets pushes the team's winning streak to 10 games. Trailing by seven points entering the fourth quarter, the Trail Blazers start the final period with a 16-2 run, eventually outscoring their divisional rivals 30-20 in the period. Travis Outlaw tallies 11 fourth quarter points and blocks a 3-point attempt by Linas Kleiza at the buzzer that could have sent the game to overtime.

December 25: Playing on Christmas Day for the first time since 2000, and the first time at home since 1985, the Trail Blazers upend Seattle 89-79 to earn their 11th straight win. The victory extends an impressive Christmas Day streak to 13 straight wins dating back to 1972. The Trail Blazers are 13-1 all-time on Christmas Day.

December 30: Portland's 97-72 come-from-behind win over Philadelphia stretches the team's winning streak to 13 games, the second longest streak in franchise history. The streak is the second longest in the NBA in 2007-08 and includes eight wins against teams that would advance to the 2007-08 NBA Playoffs.

December 31: LaMarcus Aldridge closes out 2007 with a career-high 36 points at Utah, going 12-for-17 from the floor in a 111-101 loss to the Jazz that snaps Portland's winning streak at 13 games.

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