Damian Lillard puts on a three-point display to carry Trailblazers to a 21-point victory
Damian Lillard tied his own franchise record by making 11 3-pointers and finishing with 38 points, leading the Portland Trail Blazers over the Minnesota Timberwolves 133-112 on Monday night.
Lillard shot 11 of 17 from long range and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. The Blazers were never behind and led by as many as 27.
Jerami Grant had 24 Portland points and Jusuf Nurkic added 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball during the game against Minnesota
D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points for Minnesota. Rudy Gobert grabbed 20 rebounds to finish with 16 points.
Lillard made eight 3-pointers and scored 27 points as the Blazers took a 70-59 halftime lead. He opened the second half with his ninth triple.
Lillard tied his team record with his 11th 3-pointer, putting Portland ahead 88-70 with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Lillard put on an incredible three-point display, tying the team record with 11, in just three quarters.
The Timberwolves closed at 88-78, forcing a timeout for the Blazers. Portland increased its lead to 106-84 before the fourth quarter
Minnesota’s defensive efforts have been hampered by fouls. Coach Chris Fincn believes fouls can hurt the offense, too, a night after Minnesota was outscored 22-4 in fast-break points. “One of the worst parts of fouling is you’re up against a set defense all the time,” Finch said. “He’s slowing down the game. We didn’t run much the other day.”
After starting the season as a top 10 defense, the Blazers have dropped to 23rd in defensive standings. Blazers coach Chauncey Billups believes there are several things at stake. “Our approach is intermittent. Sometimes it’s laser engraved, sometimes it’s not.
Sometimes we are both during the game. Some of these offenses that we play are really tough as well. It is all of the above. I think we’re in a good space as a team, but we just have to adjust a few things.”
Lillard looks to throw a jump pass while guarded by Jaden McDaniels
NETWORKS 112, WIZARDS 100
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Kyrie Irving had 24 and the well-rested Brooklyn Nets methodically pulled away for a 112-100 win against the Washington Wizards on Monday night.
The Nets, who won at Indiana on Saturday night with their top seven scorers sitting out, matched their season high with their fourth straight win. All of those players returned to action Monday except Royce O’Neale, who missed a second straight game for personal reasons.
Will Barton scored a season-high 22 points for the Wizards, who lost their seventh straight game, their worst of the season.
Washington was missing leading scorer Bradley Beal (strained right hamstring) for the fourth straight game.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points for the Wizards, but left with 3:37 left in the third quarter and did not return. Porzingis rode an exercise bike with a pad strapped to his back while he was on the bench for the first half.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) looks to shoot against the Washington Wizards
MAVERICKS 121, THUNDER 114
Luka Doncic had 38 points and 11 rebounds in his return from a one-game absence, and Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points and 10 assists as Dallas defeated Oklahoma City.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 for the Mavericks, who snapped a two-game skid.
Doncic sat out a 29-point loss at Chicago on Saturday night with a right quadriceps strain. The Mavericks were completing a back-to-back, having played at home Friday at 9 p.m.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his season high with 42 points for the Thunder, who lost their third straight game at the end of a five-game road trip.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic attempts a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder
HEAT 87, PACER 82
Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler scored seven straight points late in the fourth quarter to help Miami hold off Indiana.
Butler finished with 20 points. The Heat had lost three of their previous four, but evened the season series with Indiana by pulling away late.
Buddy Hield led the Pacers with 19 points and Andrew Nembhard scored 18. Indiana has lost two in a row and six of eight.
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) dunks the ball as Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin (00) defends
GRIZZLIES 128, HAWKS 103
Tyus Jones had 22 points and 11 assists, Dillon Brooks added 18 points and the energetic Memphis beat shorthanded Atlanta with both teams without key starters.
Santi Aldama scored 16 points and Jaren Jackson Jr.
had 15 points and a career-high eight blocks for the Grizzlies, who won their sixth straight game and moved within a half-game of Western Conference-leading New Orleans.
De’Andre Hunter led the Hawks with 19 points, and Jalen Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds. Atlanta lost for the fourth time in five games.
Both teams were missing their top scorer. Grizzlies guard Ja Morant sat with a sore right thigh while his counterpart, Trae Young, was dealing with lower back strain.
Young’s absence meant Atlanta was behind five of its six leading scorers, including Dejounte Murray and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones (21) brings the ball up court against the Atlanta Hawks
SPURS 112, KNIGHTS 111
Keldon Johnson scored 21 points and blocked a late shot by Donovan Mitchell as San Antonio held off Cleveland.
Josh Richardson scored 24 points to help the Spurs earn their third straight win after an 11-game losing streak.
Mitchell scored 28 to keep Cleveland close. The Cavaliers trailed by 19 in the third quarter and rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 4 1/2 minutes to have a chance to win.
Mitchell’s runner was blocked by Johnson with 6.1 seconds remaining. Following an offensive rebound by Caris LeVert, Darius Garland missed a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining.
LeVert finished with 23 points and Evan Mobley had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs.
San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) shoots in front of Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro
CLIPPERS 93-113 CELTIC
The Celtics suffered one of their few losses of the season as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George went over 20 points in a 113-93 win over the Clippers.
Leonard finished the night with 25 points and finished just one rebound from a double-double, while Paul George scored 26 largely thanks to a strong performance from the free throw line.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown’s bots had shaky shooting percentages below average for Boston, as neither could find the target from three-point range most of the night.
Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics