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PHOENIX — With 6.4 seconds left in overtime Wednesday night, the Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns were tied 115-115, and the Chicago Cubs were just starting to celebrate their first World Series title since 1908.


Seconds after the final out in Cleveland, the Suns inbounded the ball at Talking Stick Resort Arena to guard Eric Bledsoe, who made a series of dribble moves before stepping back and burying a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The shot gave Phoenix a 118-115 victory — the Suns’ first win in five games this season. The loss dropped Portland to 2-3.

“We played good defense,” a visibly frustrated Damian Lillard said of the decisive play. “(Bledsoe) just made a tough shot.”

Lillard, who was defending Bledsoe at the end, led the way for Portland, putting up 27 points to go with five rebounds and five assists.

But defensive woes continued for a Blazers team that ranks last in the NBA in points allowed per game (114.5). The Suns squeaked over that average and decimated Portland in the paint, 62-38.

CJ McCollum, an efficient supplement to Lillard with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists, said the Blazers need to work on finishing the job when they a lead.

“You’re up six or seven — you’ve got to put them away,” McCollum said. “Teams like that with good players, they’re going to fight — especially at home. I think it’s a learning experience.”

The game began with a McCollum-led scoring flurry that gave Portland an 11-3 lead, much to the chagrin of Phoenix coach and former Blazer Earl Watson, who immediately signaled for a timeout.

But, as the game progressed and the pace slowed, Portland’s offense stalled and its defense — particularly in the paint — was porous.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he was disappointed with the way his team played in the first half, which ended with Phoenix on top, 57-53, after the Suns trailed by as many as 11 points.

“I think our resolve needs to be a little bit more consistent; it needs to be a bit better,” Stotts said. “When we do get ahead, I don’t know if we let up or the other team plays a little bit harder, but we have to do a better job of playing no matter what the lead is.”

Phoenix forward T.J. Warren finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, and center Alex Len had 18 points off the bench.

Watson called Warren a “young Paul Pierce. He has a unique game — the floaters, the midrange, the size, the ability to finish in the paint.”

Many of Warren’s finishes came at backbreaking times for the Blazers down the stretch.

However, thanks to some late heroics from Lillard and a buzzer-beating layup by Leonard, who sneaked to the bucket after setting a screen on Portland’s final inbound play of regulation, the Blazers were able to force overtime.

“On that play, I’m glad I took advantage,” Leonard said. “But we weren’t able to come out with the win.”

Stotts adjusted his rotation, leaving out forward Noah Vonleh for the first time this season and giving a season-high 27 minutes to Leonard, who finished with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

But the Suns — ignited by Warren and Bledsoe — caught fire in the overtime as the Blazers committed some costly turnovers. It took a herculean effort in the final minute from Lillard and McCollum to pull the game even — before the winner by Bledsoe, who tallied seven of his 20 points in OT.

Next up for the Blazers are road duels with Dallas and Memphis on Friday and Sunday. Portland’s next home game is Tuesday, against the Suns.

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