PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — While Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard has gabbed much of the attention, forward Nicolas Batum has impressed the stat watchers.
Batum had the first 5x5 since 2006 on Sunday in a 95-94 Portland victory over New Orleans. A 5x5 is a game when a player has at least five points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots in one game. No one had reached the benchmark since 2006.
The 6-foot-8 French forward's final line looked like this: 11 points, five rebounds, a career-best 10 assists, five steals and a career-high five blocked shots.