The Portland Trail Blazers took on the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. The Pacers were on a three-game losing streak, while the Blazers were on a five-game losing streak.
So the Blazers were desperate to end their losing streak, and they did so thanks to Anfernee Simons’ brilliant shooting.
His incredible shooting, as well as that of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, was instrumental in the victory.
Their five-game losing streak came to an end with this win.
The Blazers And The Pacers Both Started Well
Both teams got off to a strong start in the first period, going 35-34 in the first quarter. For the first quarter, the Indiana Pacers had a one-point advantage over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers’ CJ Mcollum opened the game with a jumper, and the Pacers’ Caris Levert responded with a jumper of her own. Portland trailed the Pacers until 2:12 of the first period, when Anfernee Simons, who had heated up from behind the fence, gave the Blazers the lead.
T.J. McConnell of the Pacers, on the other hand, responded with a jumper to reclaim the lead. Both teams battled for the lead, with McDermott hitting the final shot of the quarter to give the Pacers a one-point lead.
The Blazers Were On The Lead For The Rest Of The Game
The Pacers, who were missing All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and center Myles Turner due to injury, were unable to stop the offensive duo of Damian and McCollum.
As a result, the Blazers led 73-62 at halftime. The Pacers increased their one-point lead from the first quarter to three points at the start of the second. Early in the third quarter, the Blazers were once again trailing the Pacers.
Then, with 8:16 left in the period, McCollum sank a three-pointer to tie the game. On the next possession, Lillard hit a jumper to give the Blazers the lead. The Pacers responded and tied the game for a minute, but the Blazers quickly took the lead with a 21-5 run. The Blazers went into the third quarter with an 11-point advantage.
Anfernee Simons scored 12 points off the bench on 4-of-4 three-point shooting to give the team an 11-point lead. In the third quarter, the Blazers started to dominate, with Carmelo Anthony and Simons making back-to-back three-pointers. They were on fire in the third quarter, scoring a whopping 40 points. Along with Anthony’s buzzer-beating jumper, the final score was 113-78.
The Blazers led by 33 points going into the fourth quarter, and their lead had grown to 36 points by the time the quarter began. At the start of the fourth quarter, Simons made his eighth and ninth three-pointers without missing, setting a franchise record. Before Stephen Curry, he also tied the NBA record with Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.
Harry Giles III of the Blazers made buckets to end the quarter, giving the Blazers a 133-128 advantage over the Pacers.
Anfernee Simons Inspired the Blazers And Set A Franchise Record
The Trail Blazers were in desperate need of a victory against the Indiana Pacers, who were on a five-game losing streak. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic all put forth their best effort to earn the point. Anfernee Simons, who made the majority of the threes, was the player who stood out the most tonight.
IN ADDITION, HE SET A FRANCHISE RECORD BY HITTING 9-10 ON THREE-POINTERS WITHOUT MISSING.
During the game, the Pacers concentrated more on Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, which allowed other players to fire. Anfernee Simons made the most of the open looks she was offered on three occasions. He also made threes from anywhere, regardless of who was defending him.
“He had a special night,” Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. It had a very gentle touch to it, and the ones that weren’t all net looked like they just curled in.”
Simons scored 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 9 three-pointers without missing a shot. With his seventh consecutive three-pointer, the 21-year-old tied a franchise record.
He broke Terry Porter’s record of going 7-for-7 in a single game. And he became the franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers made without missing.
“After that, it didn’t matter who was contesting or how close they were,” Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons said. I knew it was going to go in if I could get it off.”
Tomorrow night, the Blazers will face the Memphis Grizzlies for the third time in the last week. On Friday, April 30, the Pacers will face the Brooklyn Nets.