Miami takes down Blazers
The Trail Blazers ran into a solid Miami team Sunday night that is tough to be on its home court.
The Heat were in control all the way and won 122-111.
Off the bench, Goran Dragic led Miami with 29 points while Bam Adebayo had 20 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Jones Jr. added 19.
Damian Lillard paced the Blazers with 34 points, going 11 of 22 from the field and 6 of 12 on 3-pointers in 41 minutes. He also had a game high in assists with 12.
Portland center Hassan Whiteside, returning to American Airlines Arena for the first time since the Heat traded him to Portland last summer, chipped in with 21 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes in posting his 27th double-doubles in 34 games this season. Whiteside came into the game averaging 15.7 points, a team-best 13.8 rebounds and an NBA-high 2.8 blocks per game.
Blazzers guard CJ McCollum was a late scratch with what was described as a respiratory illness.
Former Blazers big man Meyers Leonard started for the Heat and had 11 points, a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. He was 3 of 7 on 3's and made his only 2-point attempt.
The Blazers fell to 15-22, 7-13 on the road.
Miami improved to 17-1 at home, the best mark in the league, and 26-10 overall.
Potland had snapped a five-game losing streak with a win Friday at Washington.
Miami, which went 2-0 against the Blazers last season, led 31-19 after one quarter. Lillard had eight points, but Portland was 1 of 8 on 3-pointers and Miami made 6 of 13.
The Blazers stayed close through much of the second quarter, but by halftime they were down 65-46.
Portland won the third quarter 35-29 and were down only 94-81 with 12 minutes left. Lillard had 14 points in the quarter.
Miami never allowed the Blazers to make it a single-digit difference, though.
The Heat shot .522 from the field, making 18 of 44 (.409) from beyond the arc, and Miami had seven players score in double figures.
Portland shot .460 and was 13 of 37 (.351) on 3-pointers.
Next up for the Blazers is a 4 p.m. PT Tuesday game at Toronto.
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