Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard's layup with 6.9 seconds
remaining lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 90-89 win over the Phoenix
Suns on Wednesday.
Miles Plumlee put the Suns ahead by one with 51.9 seconds left to play. After
empty possessions both ways, Portland called timeout to advance the ball to
midcourt. Lillard took the inbounds pass and used a LaMarcus Aldridge screen
to turn the corner and finish an uncontested layup at the rim.
Phoenix had a number of chances in the closing seconds. Eric Bledsoe drove on
Nicolas Batum and missed a layup, but P.J. Tucker kept it alive with a tip
shot that bounced off the back of the rim to Markieff Morris. Morris caught
the rebound and had one final look, but his layup hung on the rim and fell off
as the clock hit zero.
Thomas Robinson had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Portland,
while Robin Lopez contributed a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double. Aldridge
and Lillard had 12 and 11 points, respectively, on a combined 9-for-32 from
Bledsoe paced Phoenix with 23 points and six assists. Gerald Green scored 17
points and Plumlee registered 10 points and 10 boards in the setback.
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