Portland Trail Blazers snap 3-game skid at Detroit Pistons’ expense with 110-92 victory Tuesday
PORTLAND, Ore. — Ben McLemore found out when he came to the Moda Center on Tuesday afternoon that he’d likely be seeing playing time for the Trail Blazers.
With Portland missing several players, McLemore had 17 points off the bench and the Blazers handed the Detroit Pistons their seventh straight loss with a 110-92 victory.
McLemore, a veteran who joined the Blazers in the offseason, had played in just six previous games with the team.
“It’s something that I’ve built up over the course of the years, of just having a switch on when they tell me, `Hey, tonight’s the night,” McLemore said.
CJ McCollum led all scorers with 28 points for the Blazers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Detroit rookie Cade Cunningham finished with a season-high 26 points, including five 3-pointers. The Pistons have won just four games this season.
Both teams were playing the second of back-to-backs. The Blazers fell 129-107 at the Utah Jazz on Monday night, while the Pistons were coming off a 110-106 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers.
“When adversity hits with a young team you either join the fight or you step back. I thought tonight we stepped back, where in Los Angeles we joined the fight and competed even when things were going bad,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.
The Blazers were without three key players. Damian Lillard missed the game to manage the abdominal tendinopathy that has bothered him this season, fellow starter Norman Powell has right quad contusion and Nassir Little has a left ankle sprain.
The Pistons fell to 2-9 on the road.
“We’re trying to get our energy right, trying to get each other going, but we’ve just got to keep working at it more than anything,” Cunningham said.