Blazers hit All-Star Break on win streak

Lillard's 44 helps Portland beat Sacramento 123-119
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Damian Lillard had 44 points, and Enes Kanter added 22 points and 21 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers ended the first half of the NBA season with a 123-119 win over Sacramento Thursday night.

The win gave the Blazers three straight after a four-game losing streak.

Portland enters the All-Star Game Weekend at 21-14 and in fifth place in the Western Conference.

Lillard is set to take part in the All-Star Game Sunday on Team Lebron having been selected first among the game reserves.

De’Aaron Fox had 32 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Sacramento, which had six players score in double figures.

Sacramento went up 108-103 with 3:49 to go on Harrison Barnes’ layup and Buddy Hield’s 3-pointer. Lillard responded with a pullup jumper, a layup and a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession to put the Blazers ahead 115-108 with just more than a minute left.

Lillard finished with eight 3-point shots.



The Trail Blazers announced that McCollum, who has been out with a left foot fracture, has been cleared for contact practice. McCollum has been out since Jan. 16 when he injured his foot in a game against Atlanta.

McCollum, who was averaging 26.7 points before he was hurt, will be key to Portland’s playoff push.