When coach Terry Stotts met with Nicolas Batum before the season started, he told the Trail Blazers' starting small forward he would be challenged in ways he's never been challenged, used in ways he's never been used, pushed in ways he's never been pushed.

Batum's unique blend of length, speed, athleticism and basketball savvy would no longer be stashed in the corner, poised to hoist three-pointers.

"He's such a unique player than you can do a bunch of different things with him," Stotts said during training camp. "His ability to shoot, his quickness to the rim, his length. I want to be able to use him in a variety of ways. You see all the possibilities and ..."

Stotts' never finished his thought, leaving the composition of all those possibilities a mystery. But during the Blazers' last game, a dramatic 95-94 victory over the New Orleans Hornets, Batum completed Stotts' sentence. In a history-making, stat-stuffing performance, he recorded 11 points, a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds, five blocks and five steals.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Batum became just the third player in NBA history to finish with at least 11 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, five steals and five blocks in a game, and the first in franchise history to have at least 10 assists, five steals and five blocks.