Another run-away win for the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Now it's back to the road for what looks like the toughest trip of the year. Take care of business away from home, and everything else will fall into place.
Here's tonight's post-game notes. Again, much respect to Communications Intern Aaron for the hard work.
Portland is five games over .500 for the first time this season and the first time since Feb. 13 of last year (28-23) … The Trail Blazers’ 11-6 start is Portland’s best since 2000-01, when the team began the season 12-6.
The Trail Blazers are 7-0 at home to begin the season for the first time since 1998-99 (9-0) and the sixth time in franchise history.
Portland is now 8-1 in games in which it scores 100-plus points … The Trail Blazers have reached the century mark in four of their last five wins and five of the past seven games overall.
Portland shot 53.6% (37-69) from the field, its second-best shooting mark of the season (55.6%, Nov. 21 at Sacramento)
HOME FIELD POINT ADVANTAGE
Chris Paul gave New Orleans its first lead of the game, 48-47, with less than a minute to play in the first half … Portland hadn’t trailed in more than a game and a half – since the fourth quarter on Monday vs. Sacramento.
THAT A ROY
Brandon Roy (25 points, 11-16 FG) has scored 20-plus points in 10 of the last 12 contests and 12 games total ... He has led Portland in scoring 12 times ... Roy added a season-high 10 assists.
Portland has scored 30-plus points in the opening 12 minutes in its last two contests and three of its past four home games ... Portland has outscored its opponent by at least five points in the first quarter in each of its last four home games (all wins) ... Portland is 9-1 in games in which it lead after 12 minutes.
BATUM WAKES UP EARLY AGAIN
Nicolas Batum notched seven points (second most on team) in six first-quarter minutes Friday and counted a game-high tying 12 (5-7 FG) in the first half … The rookie scored a game-high 10 in the first quarter (4-4 FG, 2-2 3-PT) Wednesday vs. Miami … Batum tallied a career-high 15 points (6-9 FG) against the Heat and matched his second-highest scoring total of 12 vs. the Hornets.
PEJA GRABS SEASON HIGH
Peja Stojakovic’s 21 points (8-14 FG) marks his highest scoring effort of the season (previous high was 20).