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Blazers hit All-Star Break on win streak

Lillard's 44 helps Portland beat Sacramento 123-119
Staff Report

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.

 

NOTES

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.

 

Can the Blazers run with it?

Some fast-action offense might be the answer for upcoming season
Augst 18, 2015 / Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Amid the fun of home runs and Mid-Summer Classic that is baseball, the NBA sort of sneaks in all the free agent signings/unsignings and the Portland Trail Blazers are playing their role in all of it.

But, not too heavily.

Three of their starters left via FA and they traded the fourth leaving a whole line-up of changes ahead. That's the key element of this week's Sportsland, Oregon episode, recorded at Pour Sports sports bar in Southeast Portland.

The team has it's marquee player back - point guard Damian Lillard, and signed for the next six years. But, the rest of the starting line-up is a mystery with some likely options. Gerald Henderson at shooting guard. Al-Farouq Aminu at small forward. Mason Plumlee at center? Meyers Leonard as Kevin Love power forward/outside shooting specialist?

The team's tempo might be the key to the season, and not putting too much pressure on winning.

Then it's off to golf, soccer, some college football talk, and good community causes. All recorded at Pour Sports in Southeast Portland.

 

 

 

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