Wednesday, March 3: Trail Blazers 108, Warriors 106
The skinny: It was Damian Lillard to the rescue, again, as Portland beat Golden State 108-106 Wednesday at the Moda Center.
"Dame Time" arrived, finally, after Portland's all-star guard struggled with only four field goals and 1-of-8 3-point shooting until 2:06 remained in the game.
Lillard hit a 3-pointer to tie it 103-103 and scored Portland's final eight points of the game, adding two free throws and another 3-pointer at crunch time for the 108-106 lead with 13.7 seconds left. Oh, and with Golden State trying to tie the game at 108, Lillard stepped in front of Draymond Green's drive to the basket and took the defensive charge with :04.1 seconds left (a play upheld on review).
Portland's Robert Covington missed two free throws, but Damion Lee's desperation 3-pointer from halfcourt came up short.
Struggling through the game's first 46 minutes because of double-team defense and Andrew Wiggins and Kent Bazemore defense, Lillard had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds. He went just 6 of 17 from the field (3 of 10 3-pointers). Carmelo Anthony added 22 points, Covington 15 points and nine rebounds and Gary Trent Jr. 15 points. Enes Kanter had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Blazers were 14 of 49 from the 3-point line (.286).
The Blazers improved to 20-14, ahead of Golden State (19-17) in the NBA Western Conference. Stephen Curry, who had 62 points in the previous game against the Blazers, had 35 points. Green had 12 assists.
The Warriors played without injured Kelly Oubre Jr.
Tweet: CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum), who's recovering from a foot injury, attended the game and tweeted:
"Big time Charge! Winning plays @Dame_Lillard leader!! Good win fellas."
Quotable: "He made the two plays of the game," coach Terry Stotts said, of Lillard. "He's super competitive and never thinks he's out of the game."
Quotable 2: "He was coming downhill pretty fast," Lillard said, of Green and his drive. "I waited a second to make sure that he was going to commit to going to the rim. Once he did, I just stepped in and took the charge."
Next up: The Blazers conclude the first half of the NBA season in the second game of back-to-back games, 7 p.m. Thursday against Sacramento at Moda Center.
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