We turned on Blazers-Hornets at the point in the first half where Wes Matthews had all of the Blazers’ six threes (Marco Belinelli finished with all seven of New Orleans’ threes for 27 points, too). Fast forward through a big third where Portland took back the lead and Nic Batum hit a drive-home-safely three go get up seven with less than a minute left. LaMarcus Aldridge (25 points, 12 boards, five assists) went for one of his fading jumpers where his hands are at 10 feet at the release, and the victory was in the bank. Luke Babbitt, everyone’s favorite inside joke in the Rose City, played — yes, we’ll say it — well with 16 points, making 4-of-6 threes. Raymond Felton, where have you been since January? He had 10 dimes and 12 points. Portland fans will take anything positive, that those counts. … 5-10 James Justice of Martin Methodist (it’s in Pulaski, Tenn. You’re welcome.) put down a dunk better than anything in this year’s NBA dunk contest. The clincher is the height his front leg gets, almost parallel to the floor. Goodness. … We’re out like James Justice.
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