Tuesday, Feb. 2: Blazers 132, Wizards 121
The skinny: Down five players as the injury list grew and playing their second road game in as many nights, the Blazers made a needed final push to a road victory. Damian Lillard — who said he felt like he could hardly move at the start of the game and questioned if he should have sat out Monday or Tuesday — scored 25 of his 36 points in the second half and made several big shots after Washington made its fourth-quarter run.
Portland led by 16 entering the fourth quarter, but this season no lead is safe and the high-tempo Wizards surged to within four points with four minutes left. The Blazers got four big stops in a row, a huge 3 from Gary Trent Jr. set up by Lillard and an emphatic slam from Lillard in the victory sealing 10-0 push. The Lillard dunk on a baseline drive came on a possession that included three of Portland's 14 offensive rebounds on a night the Blazers scored 23 second-chance points. Trent (26 points) was 7 for 9 from 3-point land. … Robert Covington (19 points) found his 3-point stroke (5 of 8, including his first three shots in the first quarter) and also had nine boards. … Enes Kanter had another double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds (five offensive). … Rodney Hood returned to the starting lineup and had 15 points in 35 minutes.
Bradley Beal, the top scorer in the NBA at 34.9 points per game, got his with 37 points for the Wizards. Former Gonzaga Bulldog Rui Hachimura made 10 of 12 shots (3 of 4 3-pointers) for 24 points and Russell Westbrook scored 17. … Washington shot 55.4%, including 16 of 40 3-pointers, but Portland attempted 12 more shots, made five more 3s and went 23 for23 from the foul line (Lillard 10 for 10).
Career scoring: On a 3-pointer that capped a 12-0 third-quarter run, Carmelo Anthony passed Dominique Wilkins into 15th place on the NBA career scoring list with 26,675 points. Next up is Oscar Robertson (26,710).
Records: Portland is 11-9, eighth in the Western Conference. The Blazers are 2-2 on their six-game road trip, 6-4 in road games. Washington is 4-13, last in the Eastern Conference.
Quotable: "I was really pleased with how we played," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "We got off to a great start, we held the lead. We had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys. This was a tough back-to-back, losing an hour, getting in at 3 (a.m., Eastern Time). I was just really proud of the way our guys played at both ends."
The lineup: After scoring 30 points one night earlier at Milwaukee, Nassir Little joined the growing injury list with what is described as a left knee sprain. Little started the previous two games for Derrick Jones Jr., who remains out (left foot sprain). Then, backup guard Anfernee Simons aggravated a hamstring Tuesday and was limited to 14 minutes of court time. Of course, Portland is still down CJ McCollum (fractured foot), Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Zach Collins (left foot).
Next up: The Blazers visit Philadelphia at 5 p.m. Thursday and wrap up the six-game road trip at 10 a.m. Saturday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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