Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed as the Blazers beat the Suns originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com
After an arduous back-to-back against Western Conference opponents the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers did what they needed to do in the Valley of the Sun-they took care of business.
Here's a look at everything you might have missed.
Portland's sleepwalked through much of the first half, giving away points in transition and struggling to find their tempo of play. But after halftime, the Blazers made adjustments that took over the game.
Jake Layman and Seth Curry went in attack mode against the Suns struggling defense. Layman scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Curry went 7-13 from the field for 17 points.
Jamie Hudson noted Portland's second-half performance in Phoenix:Trail Blazers make second half adjustments and find sparks off their bench in win over Phoenix Suns
Lillard also had a few memorable moments in Thursday's game. The All-Star guard scored 24 to lead his team to the win, and his eighth point passed Kiki Vandeweghe for the most points through 50 games in NBA history.
His three-point goal also made history, as Lillard became the second player in NBA history to make a three-pointer in each of his team's first 50 games of a season.
Dwight Jaynes recapped Lillard's record-breaking night: As Damian Lillard adds a couple milestones, Trail Blazers take care of business
Despite Portland's victory in Phoenix, the team didn't walk out completely unscathed. Al-Farouq Aminu left the game in the first quarter with an apparent pinky injury. Aminu said following the game that he "saw bone" when looking at his injury. There's no word yet on whether the Blazers big dislocated his left pinky.
Jamie Hudson has the latest update on Aminu's injury: Aminu won't be making "pinky promises" anytime soon
Dwight Jaynes, Jamie Hudson and Chris Burkhardt shared some quick thoughts from the scene immediately after the game: Rapid Reaction: Takeaways from the Blazers win over the Suns