PORTLAND, ORE. — Steve Blake tied an NBA record for assists in one quarter when he handed out 14 during the first period in the Portland Trail Blazers' 116-87 win over the Clippers on Sunday. San Antonio's John Lucas set the record of 14 assists during the second quarter against Denver on April 15, 1984.
"I took a peek and saw I was getting up there, so I was happy guys kept making shots for me," Blake said. "When it comes to assists, your teammates have to make shots, and they did that for me."
With Portland (35-20) running against a Clippers' team down six players due to injury, Blake took advantage of the fast-paced start the Trail Blazers created. During one stretch during the first quarter, Blake had assists on nine consecutive baskets, including five passes that led to dunks by LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Joel Przybilla.
"When I run the floor like that and Blake passes you the ball like that, what can you do?" said Aldridge, who had a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds.