Lillard's 60 not enough
The Trail Blazers have yet to win a game at home this season.
They might be leading the NBA in disappointments, however
Another of the latter came Friday night at Moda Center, where the Brooklyn Nets outdued Portland down the stretch to post a 119-115 road victory — their first win in their three tries of the 2019-20 season.
The Blazers lost despite a career-high, 60-point effort by Damian Lillard capped by a 3 at the buzzer.
On the second game of a back-to-back, Lillard played 40 minutes and hit 19 of 33 field-goal attempts, going 7 of 16 from 3-point range, and he was 15 of 15 at the free-throw line.
The Lillard-Kyrie Irving Show was quite a show in the backcourt, and it co-starred Spencer Dinwiddle, who threw in 34 points to lead the Nets. Irving finished with 33 points. They were a combined 23 of 45 from the floor and 10 of 18 from 3-point distance.
The Blazers fell to 3-6, suffering their fourth loss in a row.
They are 0-3 at Moda Center.
The Nets are 4-4.
Lillard scored 26 points in the first half, but they went to the break down 54-49. He was 9 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and 5 of 5 at the free-throw line.He also had a team-high three assists.
Anfernee Simons was the Blazers' second-leading scorer at halftime, with seven points in 17 minutes off the bench. He finished the game with 15 points in 35 minutes.
CJ McCollum was 1 of 10 from the floor and had two points in 18 minutes. He ended the night with eight points on 4-for-19 shooting from the field.
Portland shot .348 from the field in the first half, going 5 of 14 (.357) on 3-pointers.
Irving had 14 points and Dinwiddie 12 in the first half, and the Nets made .412 overall, going 8 of 20 (.400) on 3-pointers.
Through three quarters, the Nets had an 89-86 lead.
Lillard hit the 50 mark with a driving layup that gave Portland a 99-98 lead with 7:31 remaining.
The Nets got tougher, though, and a 3 by Irving with 1:41 left gave them a 115-105 lead.
Lillard's three-point play and two free throws cut the gap to 115-110 with 1:07 to go.
The Nets missed a shot badly, and then fouled Lillard shooting in transition. He sank two more foul shots to make the score 115-112 with 40 seconds left.
Irving banked in an 8-footer in a one-on-one against Simons, and Lillard missed a 3 that went out of bounds to the Nets. The Blazers fouled after the inbound pass with 5.7 seconds remaining, and Joe Harris iced the win with two free throws
Lillard hit a meaningless 3 at the buzzer.
The Blazers will return to action at 6 p.m. Sunday, playing host to the Atlanta Hawks.
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