For promising 24-year-old Trail Blazers role player Allen Crabbe, when it rains it pours. A huge win for Portland that moved the Blazers (39-40) 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games left saw Crabbe come off the bench to score 25 points on 8-10 three-point shooting (with one four-point play). That’s right, he didn’t hit a single two-pointer.
Crabbe patty’s eight threes are second to only Nicolas Batum’s nine (in the 2011-12 season) in triples by a player off the bench in franchise history. NBA everyman Damian Lillard had a quietly brilliant game as well, with 22 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds. Playoff time.