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Hollis-Jefferson and Nurkic had some unique stat lines vs Memphis originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The going has been rough for the Blazers as of late.
Over the week Portland dropped two key games to the Grizzlies over the weekend and fell to seventh place in the Western Conference.
The losses were tough, but they weren't for lack of effort.
One Trail Blazers player, in particular, had himself an impressive outing vs Memphis: Starting Center Jusuf Nurkic.
Nurkic had two of his best games of the season against the Grizzlies. In Friday's loss, the Bosnian Beast tallied 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists. He followed that up Sunday with 16 points, 19 rebounds, and another 5 assists. Back-to-back spectacular double-double performances. The stat line was incredible and rarer than one might think.
According to Justin Kubatko of Basketball-Reference, Nurkic is the first Trail Blazers player to record at least 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in back-to-back games since the great Mychal Thompson pulled it off in 1982.
Nurkic is used to recording rare state lines. He is the only player in the entire history of the NBA to ever record a five-by-five game with 20 or more points and rebounds, doing so in 2019 against the Kings. No player has recorded a five-by-five since Nurkic's historic outing.
Nurkic wasn't the only Trail Blazers player that put together a rare state line over the weekend. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson joined some rare company as well. While his stats may not have been as impactful as Nurk's, the performance was still sort of incredible.
In five minutes of action on Sunday, Hollis Jefferson recorded 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal.
According to StatMuse, Hollis-Jefferson was the first player since Alexey Shved in 2013 to record exactly 1/1/1/1/1 and is just the 14th player since 1984 to record such a game.
While ones across the board may not be impressive at first, it really isn't bad for just five minutes of action off the bench.
Portland is currently in a tough stretch. The team has lost five in a row, and eight of its last 10. The team now heads out on the road for a six-game trip. Hopefully, the Blazers can turn Nurkic and Hollis-Jefferson's historic stat lines into some wins on the road.