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Trail Blazers continue road trip at Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers
- Portland lost on the road to Miami, 120-111, and have now gone 1-1 on the road this season after beating Orlando on October 25. Dating back to January 2 of last season, the Blazers have lost five of their last six away games against Eastern Conference opponents.
- Indiana has won two straight, with consecutive road victories over the Spurs (116-96) and the Cavaliers (119-107). The Pacers are 2-0 at home this season, and have won six of their last seven home games dating back to March 19 of last season.
- The Blazers have gone 7-1 (.875) against the Pacers since 2014-15, and have scored 100 or more points in six straight against Indiana. Portland has an average point margin of +10.5 over these eight games, its third-best mark against any opponent over that span.
- Damian Lillard has scored 169 points through his first five games this season, topping his start in 2016-17 when he scored 163 through five. Dating back to last season, Lillard has scored at least 25 points in 10 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA.
- Victor Oladipo has 1866 points, 422 rebounds, 350 assists, 186 steals and 59 blocks since the beginning of last season. He is the only player in the NBA with 1800+, 400+, 350+, 150+ and 50+ in this span.
- Indiana ranks second in the league in field goal percentage at 51.8, trailing only Golden State (51.9). The Pacers lead in three-point percentage at 44.6. Portland has allowed its opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from three, the third-highest clip among Western Conference teams.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo liked what he saw, but true to his nature, he warned against being satisfied.
"We definitely moved the ball at a high level (against Cleveland)," Oladipo told Fox Sports Indiana. "I lot of guys touched it. A lot of guys were in double figures, so that's huge. We've just got to build on it."
After a disappointing 101-91 loss at Minnesota Oct. 22, the Pacers have been impressive in the past two road victories over San Antonio (116-96) Wednesday and Cleveland (119-107) Saturday. The Pacers (4-2) will host the Portland Trail Blazers (3-2) on Monday.
"We've got to continue to play the right way," Oladipo said. "It's early and we're trying to learn each other's game. We got to continue to build the chemistry and continuity and everything else will take care of itself."
Oladipo has made 17 of 27 from the field in the past two games, including 10 of 15 versus Cleveland. However, he made just 2 of 6 free throws against Cleveland.
"I got to make my free throws," he said. "I'm human. I'm not perfect."
"It's a really good team playing really well right now," Oladipo said of Portland. "We're definitely going to have to be on our high horse and be ready to play."
Portland, in the middle of a four-game road trip, lost at Miami 120-111 Saturday night.
Portland guard Damian Lillard said the team was a bit lifeless in the first half, trailing by as many as 19 points. The Trail Blazers rallied to take the lead twice in the fourth quarter.
"It's a long game so I just tried to keep telling the team 'we've got to pick our energy up, have some life.' I knew that it would eventually be a game and we would find our way back. That's what we do. We keep grinding."
Lillard, who is averaging 33.8 points, scored 25 of his 42 points in the second half.
"Sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to be the spark the team needs and I tried to do that," Lillard said.
Portland coach Terry Stotts said the comeback was a combination of things.
"I thought we executed well, I thought our defense came back with us, we were scrappy defensively," Stotts said. "It wasn't any one thing, I thought we just played good basketball."
Stotts said Lillard's outstanding game was a big factor.
Lillard grabbed his right elbow in pain after fighting around a screen, but he was able to stay in the game in the second half.
"A little hyperextension," said Lillard, who said it would likely be sore but didn't expect to affect his status for Monday night's game.
Pacers sixth man Tyreke Evans, who is averaging 12 points, is expected to be back in action against Portland. Against winless Cleveland, the Pacers were without Evans, who was suspended for one game for being late to practice.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan said after practice Sunday his team did some good things against Cleveland, but rebounding wasn't one of them.
"We're not pursuing the ball as well as we needed to, some of those are funny bounces," McMillan said. "But you have to pursue the ball. Our opponents are doing that and they are getting it. We have to do a better job of recovering and getting to the ball."
The Cavaliers held a 16-4 edge in offensive rebounds and 39-24 overall in rebounds.
Updated October 29, 2018