Friday, April 30: Trail Blazers 128, Nets 109
The skinny: The Trail Blazers are getting back on track in an impressive way.
Portland won its third consecutive game on its six-game road trip, this time beating the top NBA Eastern Conference team, Brooklyn, 128-109 Friday night.
The Blazers (35-28) have now beaten Brooklyn once and Philadelphia, the second-best team in the East, twice. After losing 11 consecutive games to teams above .500 when they played them, the Blazers have beaten Memphis and Brooklyn in the past two games.
Damian Lillard had 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He made eight 3-pointers. Jusuf Nurkic had another strong game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Norman Powell added 19 points. The Blazers shot .516 from the floor, and made 18 of 20 free throws. They hit 16 3-pointers.
The Blazer broke open the game in the third quarter.
The Nets (43-21) played without Kevin Durant (rest), who had 42 points Thursday at Indiana, and James Harden, who missed his 13th consecutive game with a hamstring injury. They shot .421 and made 13 3-pointers on 41 attempts (.317). Kyrie Irving had 28 points.
Quotable: "We're a much better team when he's playing at that level," coach Terry Stotts said of Lillard.
Quotable 2: "We're showing some signs that we're going in the right direction," Lillard said.
TV game: The Blazers' game at Moda Center against the Los Angeles Lakers next Friday, May 7, will be on ESPN.
Next up: The Blazers play at Boston, 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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