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
The Blazers have won four in a row and six of seven after dropping the season
opener in Phoenix.
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.
Goran Dragic and Green hit back-to-back 3's early in the fourth, pushing the
Suns' lead to 77-69. Portland responded with a Robinson putback slam and a
Wesley Matthews triple with 7:31 on the clock, and neither team led by more
than four the rest of the way.
Mo Williams capped the third quarter with a deep 3-pointer, which he banked in
as time expired to pull the Blazers within 68-62.
Phoenix trailed 25-22 after the first but took a 43-41 lead into the locker
room after closing the opening half on a 19-11 run.
Aldridge has recorded three straight double-doubles ... Batum was held without
an assist for the first time this season ... The Blazers will start a four-
game road trip in Boston on Friday.
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