The Portland Trail Blazers sustained their scorching hot start to the season by draining a franchise-record 21 three-pointers in a 139-105 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. They fell two shy of tying the NBA record of 23 made threes in a single game.
The Blazers set a new franchise-record by hitting 21 3-pointers & start the road trip off right by knocking off the 76ers, 139-105 #RipCity— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 15, 2013
What's even crazier is that the team's previous record lasted only eight days after they rained down 17 triples in a 130-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Dec. 6.
The Trail Blazers scored 139 points tonight, the most points by any team in a game this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2013
And if you want to know just how hot the Blazers were on a night when they shot 56.8 percent from beyond the arc, consider this:
Portland has broken its franchise record with 18 3-pointers, all coming in the first three quarters.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) December 15, 2013
The 21 threes are also the most made by a team in one game so far this season; the Houston Rockets previously held the high mark after dropping in 19 shots from beyond the arc against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 29.
All in all, it was a dominant offensive performance for the top dogs in the West.
Portland has recorded 40 assists in a game for the first time since March 14, 2002 vs. Dallas (40).— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) December 15, 2013
Eight Portland players finished in double figures; LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 20 points (10-of-15 shooting) and a game-high 16 rebounds.
In his return to Philadelphia, Dorell Wright led the Blazers from three, making all five of his three-point attempts. Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard each dropped in four threes, while Mo Williams and Nicolas Batum chipped in three apiece. In total, six Portland players got in on the action from deep.
After the game, Lillard credited the team's ball movement for their success beyond the arc, according to NBA.com's Andy Jasner. "They were all open good looks," Lillard said. "It shows how well we're moving the ball right now."
Entering Saturday night, the Sixers ranked dead last in the NBA in opponents' points per game and both opponents' three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Blazers went absolutely ballistic from beyond the arc.