Billups lauds 'backs against the wall' Trail Blazers recovery
The Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups says his side perform "when our backs are against the wall" after a late comeback against the Washington Wizards.
Washington looked set to extend their winning streak to seven games on Friday, only for Portland to stage a third-quarter fightback in a 124-116 victory over the Wizards.
Anfernee Simons scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter, making six of Portland's nine three-pointers in the third, as he went on to finish 9-of-12 beyond the arc.
"Our team is just so much better when our backs are against the wall," Billups said. "I've been on teams like that before, so I understand it, but it's a dangerous place to live."
A fine comeback saw the Trail Blazers fire nine field goals from long distance after going in at the second quarter 69-51 down.
Simons hit the first five of those shots before hitting another three-pointer to reduce the deficit to seven points after buckets for Damian Lillard and Jerami Grant.
The Trail Blazers eventually snatched the lead at 102-101, but Portland could not have fought back without Simons.
"We ran plays for him. We started off the third quarter kind of running his play," Billups said. "He came off and got a couple of looks.
"Then I thought Dame and Josh and those guys, they all just did a really good job of continuing to keep the ball in his hands."