Wesley: I Felt a Pop, Thought It Was My Knee
NEW ORLEANS – The Portland Trail Blazers end this six-game road trip dropping their last five games as they lose in a ugly fashion to the New Orleans Hornets 99-63 tonight at New Orleans Arena.
The game started out ugly for the Trail Blazers (25-28) a little over a minute into the game when Wesley Matthews landed awkwardly on his left ankle after coming down from making a pass. He fell to the floor in pain and remained there while play resumed.
His teammates helped him to the locker room where he received an X-ray that came back negative. He would not return to the game.
Matthews wasn't the only one that didn't return. The Trail Blazers left their hot shooting in Miami and came out here and shot 32 percent from the field.
The Trail Blazers scored a season-low 14 first quarter points then went on to top that with a season-low 12 second quarter points and a season-low 26 first half points.
They weren't finish.
Through three quarters, the Trail Blazers scored a season-low 44 points and their 63 points to end the game was a season-low, as well.
Damian Lillard led the team with 14 points and four assists. Victor Claver provided 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. JJ Hickson added 10 points and five boards.
For the second consecutive game, Nicolas Batum went scoreless in the first half. He finished with three points on one-for-10 shooting.
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