Portland defeats visiting Maccabi Haifa 121-74
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Robin Lopez had 13 points and seven rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Maccabi Haifa of Israel 121-74 in an exhibition game Friday night.
Brody Angley, who played at Santa Clara, led the Greens with 18 points and Jeff Allen, who played at Virginia Tech, added 14 points.
Damian Lillard started for the Blazers after sitting out the last two games with a sore left foot and finished with 11 points. Portland’s starters played about 25 minutes apiece and coach Terry Stotts got a good preseason look at his bench players.
Lopez hit a layup and a free throw to give the Blazers a 48-28 lead that they stretched to 54-35 at the half. Portland led by as many as 45 points in the second half.
Maccabi Haifa plays in the Israeli Basketball Super League. Owned by U.S. businessman Jeffrey Rosen, the team won the Super League championship in the 2012-13 season.
The Greens are on a four-team tour of the NBA. They fell 101-95 to Washington on Wednesday night, and will also visit Sacramento and Toronto.
The team did draw a few protesters outside the Moda Center, and a woman seated courtside held a small sign reading ”Boycott Israel.”