Blazers extend opening night record to 16-straight wins
When records are made, sometimes we think that it’ll be next to impossible to top them. The Portland Trail Blazers have been in the league since 1970, and over the past 16 years, have done something that no other team has done.
In their season opener against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, the Blazers won their 16th consecutive opening night game. According to the Trailblazers PR Twitter account, that extends their current record and lead over the previous holder record-holder, the Boston Celtics.
The Trail Blazers have now won 16 consecutive home openers, extending their NBA record (14-Boston, 1979-92).
— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) October 26, 2016
In the win, Lillard put up a game-high 39 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. His partner on the perimeter, C.J. McCollum, added 25 points, two rebounds, and three assists. Lillard gave it everything he had in order to extend the record and give the crowd the show they were expecting. He spoke about the performance after the game.
“With a streak that long, longest in the NBA, we wanted to keep it going,” said Damian Lillard, who had 39 points. “I was proud that we were able to do that tonight.
“There were moments tonight where they had the momentum but I could hear the crowd just itching to get involved, just getting loud and cheering, and that’s what we needed,” Lillard said. “We needed that to pick us up.”
The road gets tougher for the Blazers, as they’ll be facing the L.A. Clippers in a rematch of the first round from last year’s playoffs.