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Friday preseason opener: Offense abounds as Portland wins the first of four preseason games

Carmelo AnthonyThe Skinny: The Trail Blazers had a lot of fun in the first of four preseason games. Perhaps no one enjoyed the game more than Harry Giles III. The former Sacramento forward came off the bench with plenty of energy to score 18 points and grab 14 boards in 25 minutes against his old team. … Portland started fast, scoring 41 points in the first quarter and 72 by halftime, sparked in part by Carmelo Anthony's hot hand off the bench. Anthony led all Blazers with 21 points, hitting all three of his 3-pointers. … Robert Covington was 3 for 4 on 3-pointers for nine points and eight rebounds. Derrick Jones Jr. made a solid first impression with 15 points (6 of 6 shooting, including two 3s), five rebounds and plenty of hustle plays. … Gary Trent Jr. had 18 points off the bench. … CJ McCollum had 18 points and five assists and Damian Lillard 15 points and five assists. Portland shot 50% from 3-point distance (17 of 34).

Lineup notes: All 11 available Blazers who played scored and nine of them played between 20 and 29 minutes. ... Anfernee Simons played only nine minutes. According to Coach Terry Stotts the backup guard was held out after feeling some hamstring tightness. ... Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood and Zach Collins did not play. Nurkic was at the game (channeling Bill Walton? with red/orange hair and beard), but the center had not yet practiced after completing COVID-19 protocols since returning to Portland from Bosnia. Hood wanted to get a few more workouts in before his preseason debut after recovering from his Achilles injury. Collins isn't expected to play until January.

Next preseason game: Sacramento at Portland, 6 p.m. Sunday (NBC Sports NW).


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