Lillard scores 31 as Trail Blazers top Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) and center Isaiah Roby (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:11 to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-104 on Tuesday night.

The Trail Blazers squandered a 24-point lead in the second half. Lillard rescued them by making all four of his 3-point tries — all from at least 25 feet — during the closing run while playing with five fouls. On one, he had Thunder defensive stopper Lu Dort in his face and hit a step-back, 28-footer to give the Trail Blazers a 109-102 lead.


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