PORTLAND (AP) — Andre Iguodala fell short in his first chance to get a win with the Miami Heat.
His next one will come against his former team.
Damian Lillard had 33 points and eight assists, Gary Trent Jr scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Miami 115-109 last Sunday night.
Iguodala had two points in his first game since the NBA Finals.
“It felt good tonight,” Iguodala said. “I wanted to get a feel for where I was at. Honestly, I haven’t even played a pickup game or anything since the finals. I was trying to get a feel for where my mind was. Overall, I felt really good out there.”
For Iguodala and the Heat, the next game will be at Golden State, where he was a member of three championship teams and the MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals.
“I’ve played a lot of basketball games in my career, so the emotional highs and lows, I don’t have anymore,” Iguodala said of returning to play his former team. “For this team, more importantly, we want to win. This road trip is tough with a lot of guys down. We’ve got new bodies and us getting a win is more important than how I feel.”
Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 17 rebounds against his former team, including a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds left that gave Portland a seven-point lead.
While Lillard has been the catalyst for everything, the Blazers have gotten a major shot in the arm from Trent. The former bench warmer has averaged more than 14 points over the last five games and has shot above 51 per cent on three-pointers during that stretch.
“You just love to see it,” Lillard said. “I told him the other day, I don’t know if I’ve been more proud or happier for another player or a younger player since I’ve been in the league. A second-round pick, McDonald’s All-American and went Duke, but doesn’t get an opportunity right away. He had a lot to learn, his dad played in the league, and he did it.”