The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss to the Nets

NBC Sports Northwest

It was a historic night inside Moda Center, but unfortunately for the Blazers, history didn't end with a win.

Portland hoped to stop a three-game skid, and they looked to Damian Lillard to get the job done. 

Shot after shot, bucket after bucket, Lillard put the team on his back and dropped a career-high, and franchise-record 60 points against Brooklyn. However, the rest of the roster struggled. 

CJ McCollum scored just eight points and the Blazers bench was outscored 50-31. 

On the bright side, rookie Nassir Little made his NBA debut for Portland, and his presence alone was the spark plug that almost helped Portland grab the victory, but it wasn't to be. 

Final score: Brooklyn 119 - Portland 115


Coach Stotts on frustrating loss and Lillard's record night:

Look, it's disappointing losing any game. We're 0-3 at home and on a 4-game losing streak – they're all disappointing, but obviously Dame was exceptional tonight. He carried us to at least put us in a position to win the game. It is disappointing but like I've said, Dame's a special player. He shoulders a lot of responsibility for us.

Damian Lillard on Nassir Little: 

I thought he was great. Any time you are a guy that is not playing regular minutes, or just a young player where you don't have any experience, you haven't been in the league or you've just been on the bench and games are going by and your name's not getting called – so for him to just be ready and come in fearless and have an impact on the game – because he had a huge impact on the game. That's special.

Spencer Dinwiddie on Lillard's record night:

Some of the times when people have that dynamic and having that crazy of a game, then some people have a tendency to watch. When that happens it's kind of about keeping them in watch mode and trying to make it as hard as possible on Lillard, he's obviously hot. He went for sixty but luckily for us he would of needed sixty-five. We did just enough, credit him, he's a phenomenal player. He did a great job all night putting pressure on the defense whether it'd be threes or layups, we threw different coverages at him. He was phenomenal but luckily we got the win.



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The Morning After: Everything you missed from the Trail Blazers loss to the Nets originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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