Published 1:30 a.m. ET Nov. Three, 2017 | Updated 2:59 a.m. ET Nov. Three, 2017
Damian Lillard celebrates after pulling down the successful Three.(Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer, USA TODAY Sports)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard did not actually need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.
The star guard made a Three-pointer with Zero.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers prolonged their successful streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 video games with a 113-110 victory Thursday evening.
Lillard completed with 32 factors, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 factors.
Lillard was 1-of-5 from Three-point vary earlier than the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, and Lillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.
“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In those moments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard stated. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”
Brook Lopez had 27 factors and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who had been short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand within the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was Zero for two from the sphere with no factors, 4 badists and three rebounds.
There had been just a few followers within the crowd sporting Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first look in Portland. But most followers booed him heartily throughout participant introductions.
Nance was harm late within the third quarter and went to the locker room. He didn’t play the remainder of the best way. Nance was averaging 11.1 factors and seven.9 rebounds for the Lakers.
Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.
“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton stated. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”
Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the opposite finish, however Lillard answered with a layup earlier than Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”
But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the followers with a Three-pointer off an help from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.
Kuzma took the ultimate shot, a missed Three-pointer from 28 ft out on the buzzer that might have tied it.
Lillard had missed a Three the evening earlier than on the finish of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 additional time loss at Utah.
“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts stated. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”
The Blazers had been with out Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his proper ankle Wednesday towards the Jazz. The crew posted a photograph of the 6-foot-9 ahead on crutches earlier than Thursday’s recreation.
Aminu was averaging 9.four factors and eight.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the evening earlier than following a shoulder damage in camp, began in his place.
Portland led by 18 within the first half however the Lakers closed the hole to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the remainder of the best way.
“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard stated. “We are available in right here tonight and we had a dogfight on our fingers. We actually had to have a look at ourselves and make it occur. We needed to belief ourselves and belief one another to get it carried out.
“So I feel a recreation like this and having to drag out a recreation like this does extra for our crew, character-wise.”
TIP-INS: Lakers — Los Angeles was Zero-for-9 from Three-point vary within the first half. … The Lakers had been coming off a 113-93 victory at residence towards the Pistons on Tuesday evening.
Trail Blazers — Rookie large man Zach Collins began the second half rather than Vonleh, who had 4 fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day take care of Sacramento.
ON BALL: “I believed he was slightly too pbadive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest factor for younger gamers is consistency. He’s so unselfish that typically we wish him to be extra aggressive with attacking the defenses.”
Ball, for his half, acknowledged that. “I undoubtedly may have been extra aggressive,” he stated.
UP NEXT: Lakers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday evening. Trail Blazers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday evening.
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