November 29, 2018 / 5:56 AM / 4 months ago

Lillard's 10 3-pointers power Blazers past Magic

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Damian Lillard scored 41 points and set a franchise record for 3-point shots made in a game as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the visiting Orlando Magic 115-112 Wednesday night.

Lillard was 10-for-15 from 3-point range and also grabbed eight rebounds as the Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak. Nik Stauskas scored 18 points off the bench and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

Nikola Vucevic tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Magic, while Evan Fournier added 17 points in the loss.

Lillard, who finished 13-for-22 from the field, broke the team record of nine 3-pointers made. He had shared the mark with Nicolas Batum.

Vucevic scored 15 points as Orlando took a 63-55 lead into halftime. Stauskas had 15 points — on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range — and Lillard 14 for Portland.

The Magic led 74-63 early in the third quarter, but Lillard knocked down three consecutive treys as the Blazers drew even at 78-78. Portland went ahead 95-84 when Lillard hit his sixth 3-pointer of the quarter and his 10th of the game with 33.9 seconds to go heading into the final 12 minutes.

Orlando closed to within 101-96 on a three-point play by Mo Bamba with 8:27 remaining.

Portland increased the lead to 108-98 on an Evan Turner put-back with 5:16 to play, but Orlando responded with 10 straight points to tie it at 108-108 with 2:57 to go.

CJ McCollum drained a 3-pointer to give Portland a 111-108 lead, but Fournier answered with a long jumper to cut it to 111-110 with 2:23 remaining.

Neither team scored again until Lillard converted a runner for a 113-110 lead with 55.7 seconds left. Lillard made only 2 of 4 free throws to make it 115-110 with 21.0 seconds to go.

Orlando’s Jonathon Simmons scored on a drive with 6.7 seconds left to close the gap to 115-112. Turner missed two free throws with 5.7 seconds to go, but the Magic never got off a shot in the closing seconds.

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