For 12 minutes on the game clock – the entire second quarter — Friday night in Moda Center, it was Jake Layman’s world and we were all fortunate just to live in it.
Layman, who lost his spot in the Portland starting lineup to Maurice Harkless Friday, didn’t get off the Trail Blazer bench in the first quarter. But he set the Moda Center on fire in the second quarter and built a foundation for a 128-112 Portland win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Layman made 8 of his 11 shots, including 4 of 7 from three-point range, showing off an offensive array that included dunks, a finger roll and mid-range jumpers on the way to a 20-point quarter. By the end of the period, the crowd was ready to buy stock in whatever he was selling, on its feet and going nuts.
“When a player – any player — gets on a roll like that, it’s fun to watch,” Portland Coach Terry Stotts said. “You could see the enthusiasm in his eyes. He was scoring in different ways, the crowd getting behind him – those things are special. You love that about the NBA.
“I was really happy for him. It was 20 points in the quarter. That was pretty special.