Trail Blazers Shoot 73.9 Percent on 3-Pt FG vs. Utah Jazz, Make NBA History

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

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There's red-hot shooting, and then there's whatever phrase you want to use when describing the Portland Trail Blazers' performance against the Utah Jazz in a 130-98 victory Friday night in Portland.

No team had ever shot such a high percentage from beyond the arc during a game in which at least 20 triples were launched: 

According to Basketball-Reference, three teams had shot 71.4 percent while taking 20 or more three-pointers—the 1997 Charlotte Hornets, 2008 Toronto Raptors and 2008 Phoenix Suns. But this was the first time that mark had been broken, and it came on a night when the Blazers set a franchise record as well:

This wasn't just one player catching fire, either. It seemed as though virtually everyone on the Blazers started to hit the majority of their attempts, with the exception of Will Barton, who missed both of his attempts. 

  • Nicolas Batum, 3-of-3
  • Damian Lillard, 5-of-6
  • Wesley Matthews, 4-of-6
  • Dorell Wright, 2-of-3
  • Mo Williams, 1-of-1
  • Allen Crabbe, 2-of-2

En fuego

That's the only way we can describe this, and one can only imagine just how bad Barton feels. Without him jacking up those two bricks, Portland would've gone 17-of-21 from beyond the arc, setting an even more impressive mark of 81 percent. 

That's just what the combination of hot shooting and porous defense does. As Jody Genessy of the Deseret News pointed out, "It was so bad defensively for Utah, Blazers fans were cheering in the third quarter for the free breakfast sandwiches awarded to those in attendance when the home team scores 100 points."

It's always surprising when a team sets an all-time record, but this one wasn't completely out of the blue. 

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Going into this historic performance, the Blazers had made the fourth-most three-pointers in the NBA, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. On top of that, the Dubs were the only team that boasted a higher three-point percentage, per Basketball-Reference

The shooting outburst is just the latest feat for Rip City to celebrate. It's the icing on top of the 17-3 record that has left the Blazers perched above the other 14 teams in the Western Conference. 

Things can't get much better at this point. 


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