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Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon Attendance: 20,188
Nets look for third straight road win in Portland
Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers
- The Nets have won two in a row after losing the first three games of their road trip, most recently beating the Lakers, 111-106, on Friday. Brooklyn has to contend with the NBA's hardest remaining schedule (.641 combined win percentage over final eight games) as it fights for playoff positioning.
- Joe Harris scored 26 points in the win over Los Angeles, one off his season high (27 vs. Chi on 12/26). Harris, Malcolm Brogdon, Rudy Gay and Karl-Anthony Towns are the only players league-wide with a 50.0+ field-goal percentage and a 40.0+ three-point percentage (min. 150 3PA).
- The Blazers have won three straight and six of their last seven overall after beating the Pistons at home on Saturday, 117-112. Portland has gone 12-2 at home versus Eastern Conference opponents this season, tied with the Rockets for the best home record against the opposing conference.
- Damian Lillard scored 28 points in the win over Detroit, making six threes for the second consecutive game. It was Lillard's 35th career game with at least six three-pointers -- he trails only Steph Curry (125), James Harden (67), J.R. Smith (58), Klay Thompson (57) and Ray Allen (48) all-time.
- The Blazers beat the Nets on the road when these teams met on February 21 by a score of 113-99. Portland has won six of its last seven against Brooklyn, outscoring the Nets on average 117.7-108.3.
- Portland has won the rebound battle in 53 games this season, most in the NBA. Brooklyn's record this season with a negative rebound margin is 11-23 (.324).
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The Brooklyn Nets come to Portland to play the Trail Blazers Monday night with confidence, a two-game winning streak and some familiar faces.
The Nets (38-36) have won the last two stops on a seven-game, 15-day road trip - Portland is game No. 6 - with victories against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooklyn rallied from a 28-point deficit - the Nets trailed by 25 points heading into the fourth quarter - to beat the Kings 123-121 on Tuesday. On Friday, they downed the Lakers 111-106.
"They play hard the whole game," Portland forward Moe Harkless said. "I watched the Sacramento game - what a comeback that was. They're a team that can go on runs really fast and take over a game. We have to play hard for the whole 48 (minutes) against them."
"They're good," Portland center Zach Collins said. "Their guys have done a good job of staying together and playing the right way. They're putting it together this year for the first time in a while."
Three former Blazers are on the Brooklyn roster - guards Allen Crabbe and Shabazz Napier and forward Ed Davis. Crabbe, a part-time starter, has missed the last four games with a knee injury. Davis has been a key force off the bench for the Nets, collecting 14 points and 15 rebounds in 20 minutes against the Lakers.
"As a rookie last year, Ed really helped me out," Collins said. "I'm thankful I had him. We had great times. It's fun to see him doing so well over there."
"It's fun, playing against those guys after being with them for awhile," Harkless said. "It will be good to see them, but we have to take care of business. We can hug each other after the game, but we have to handle our business on the floor."
Coach Kenny Atkinson said his emphasis will continue to be on the defensive side as the Nets make their playoff push.
"Our defense has been really good since the All-Star break," he said. "That's keeping us in games."
"We lost a tough game against the Clippers; we won a tough game in Sacramento, and then we got by the Lakers," forward DeMarre Carroll said. "We've just got to build off of this, take the momentum and get the next one in Portland."
Portland (45-27) has won six of its last seven games as it tries to climb into the top three spots in the Western Conference playoff race. The Blazers were fourth after Saturday's 117-112 home win over Detroit.
"We know it's possible (to move up), but we have to worry about ourselves," said point guard Damian Lillard, who had another in a stellar patch of performances, going for 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds against the Pistons. Over the past four games, Lillard is averaging 31.3 points and 10.3 assists while shooting .507 from the field and .463 from 3-point range.
"It's such a tight race that, with one or two losses here or there, you can drop three spots," he said.
"The position we're in now is a good spot. We'll keep up on who won and who lost (in the West), but it's best for us to focus on ourselves."
--Field Level Media
Updated March 24, 2019