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Enes Kanter went over and beyond his usual self in the Blazers’ win over the Detroit Pistons Saturday. The big man from Turkey put up 24 points and 30 rebounds to help his team cruise to a 103-118 win.

The 6-10 center in his 10th season out of Kentucky set franchise records with 30 total rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds Saturday night at the Moda Center.


“I think for me, why I was so happy, when I looked at the bench and everybody was up, everybody was cheering, everybody was smiling, everybody was supporting their teammates,” said Kanter.

“And that’s what we’re all about, that’s what Blazers basketball is all about, just supporting each other. I understand 30 is a very cool accomplishment, but I think what made me more happy and excited was seeing my teammates cheering for me, how happy and excited they were for me.”

With Saturday’s victory, Portland improved to 31-21 with 20 games for the end of the regular season campaign. The Blazers remained sixth in the Western Conference standings.