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Blazers keep streaking

CJ's big game puts Portland's win streak at 5 games
Feb. 2, 2016 / Staff

PORTLAND - CJ McCollum picked a great night to bust out a 30-point performance.

In a game where Damian Lillard scored just 14 points and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, McCollum scored 30, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee 107-95 at the Moda Center.

The victory moved Portland's season-high winning streak to five games and put the Blazers within two games of .500. The team remained a half-game ahead of Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and kept them just 1.5 games behind Houston, which beat Miami Tuesday.

Portland plays host to Toronto, which has won nine of its last 10 games, Thursday night in the finale of a seven-game homestand. The Blazers have a five-game homestand in February that includes games with Houston, Utah and defending league champion Golden State.

The Blazers play the Rockets three times in the next three weeks.

Al-Farouq Aminu added 16 points and five rebounds in the win Tuesday, in which the team got 40 points from its bench.



Blazers shoot past Thunder

Lillard, McCollum lead 3-point barrage in comeback victory
Jan. 10, 2016 / Associated Press

PORTLAND - After hitting his third consecutive 3-pointer, Damian Lillard flapped his arms above his head and motioned to the crowd while screaming, “Come on, man! Let’s go!”

“I got some good looks at the rim and let them fly,” Lillard said.

The star guard scored 31 points, including five 3-pointers in the last 3:07, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 on Sunday night.

Portland coach Terry Stotts said calling Lillard’s performance “big” would be an understatement.

“You don’t see that very often,” Stotts said.

C.J. McCollum added 22 points for Portland, which hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to snap a three-game losing streak. Lillard finished with eight 3s, which matched his career high.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook nearly had his fourth triple-double of the season but fell short with 25 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. Last season, Westbrook led the NBA with 11 triple-doubles.

Kevin Durant had 28 points for Oklahoma City and has scored 20 or more in 23 consecutive games.

With 3:19 remaining, Andre Roberson hit a buzzer-beating 3 to put Oklahoma City up 103-95. That started a 3-point shootout. Lillard hit three straight 3s, and Allen Crabbe drained another to cut the Thunder’s lead to 108-107 with two minutes left.

Lillard wasn’t done. He hit two more 3s to give Portland a three-point lead, and an offensive foul on Oklahoma City with a minute left brought fans to their feet. But it was Mason Plumlee’s block for the Blazers with 30.9 seconds left, Lillard said, that made all the difference.

“Changed the game completely,” Lillard said. “That was the game-winner right there.”

Lillard finished with 17 points in the final quarter. Durant went scoreless in the fourth.

“They played well in the fourth, and we didn’t,” Durant said. “All those made shots kind of broke our backs.”

The loss ended a four-game road win streak for the Thunder.

The Blazers and Thunder kept it close in a sloppy first quarter. Steven Adams slammed a one-handed dunk for Oklahoma City, and Maurice Harkless answered with a 3.

Portland led 52-46 at halftime. Westbrook had just two points heading into the break.

Lillard’s eight points in two minutes allowed the Blazers to open their lead to 65-55 in the third quarter. Quick points from the Thunder, including a 3-pointer and a free throw by Adams and a running jumper from Durant, trimmed Portland’s lead to two.

The Thunder rallied to take the lead, but McCollum’s 3 at the buzzer to end the third brought the Blazers to 85-80.

Blazers lose homecourt edge

Utah's 111-105 win in Portland finalizes the playoff push
April 11, 2015 / Associated Press

PORTLAND - Trevor Booker scored a career-high 36 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-105 on Saturday night at the Moda Center with both teams missing key players.

Portland’s hopes of home-court advantage in the playoffs slipped away. The Blazers won the Northwest Division, but the four teams with the best records in each conference get home court in the post season and the Blazers can’t catch the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Grizzlies 94-86 on Saturday night.

The Jazz led by as many as 15 points, but Portland kept it close throughout the second half. Damian Lillard hit a short jumper to pull the Blazers to 101-99, and Robin Lopez’s layup tied it at 101 with 2:33 to go.

Rodney Hood’s short jumper gave the Jazz back the lead, and Booker added a pair of free throws for a 105-101 Utah lead and the Blazers couldn’t catch up. Hood finished with 21 points.

Lillard led the Blazers with 28 points, and CJ McCollum had 26.

The Blazers did not have LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sore left foot. It was unclear when the All-Star forward was injured, but coach Terry Stotts said before the game that an MRI was negative.

Portland also was without Arron Afflalo, who has a right shoulder strain and might not be available until midway through the first round of the playoffs. Afflalo was hurt in the Blazers’ 116-105 loss at Golden State on Thursday night.

The Blazers started 7-foot-1 center Meyers Leonard in Aldridge’s place alongside fellow 7-footer Lopez.

The Jazz, already eliminated from the playoffs, rested regular starters Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors for the game. Guard Trey Burke did not make the trip to Portland because of a sore back.

Utah was coming off an 89-88 loss at home to Memphis on Friday night.

Booker started for the just the fourth time this season and had 19 points in the first quarter alone as the Jazz built a 32-19 lead. Booker’s previous season-high for points this season was 17.

McCollum scored 10-straight points, pulling the Blazers to 44-42. But the Jazz went on a 10-2 run to go up 54-44 and led 56-46 at the half.

McCollum’s basket and a pair of free throws pulled the Blazers even with Utah at 56, and they briefly pulled ahead 59-58 on a free throw from Lopez.

Leonard’s dunk gave the Blazers a 79-77 lead and McCollum pushed it to 86-81 with a long jumper. But the Jazz went on a 13-0 run, capped by Chris Johnson’s layup with 6:54 left, to go ahead 94-86.

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