NBA Roundup: Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Knicks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.

So with the New York Knicks sitting Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, Lillard made sure the Portland Trail Blazers didn’t go easy on the guys who did play.

Lillard scored 30 points and the Trail Blazers never trailed in a 110-95 victory.

“I know how these games can go,” Lillard said. “You can come out and take for granted that guys like D. Rose and Carmelo are not playing and say, ‘All right this is going to be an easy win.’ I think it was my third year, towards the end of the year, we played Utah and everybody sat out. They came in here and beat us.”

With that memory in mind, the Blazers rolled.

Lillard had 15 in the first quarter as Portland opened a 14-point lead. The Blazers led by as much as 23 and moved within a game of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points for the Knicks.

Lillard entered Thursday’s game averaging 31.2 points since the All-Star break and didn’t cool off. He has scored 25 or more in eight straight games, a career-best streak.

Reserves Allen Crabbe, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard all connected from 3-point range in the second quarter, helping the Blazers extend their lead to 21 at halftime. Portland went 11 for 21 (52 percent) from behind the arc.

Raptors 101, Heat 84

MIAMI — DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, marking the first time he’s had that many in consecutive games, and the Toronto Raptors pulled off their 19th double-digit comeback of the season to beat the Miami Heat.

DeRozan shot 14 for 25 from the field and 12 for 13 from the line. He needed 38 shots to score 42 against Chicago on Tuesday.

Norman Powell scored 14 and Delon Wright added 13 for Toronto, which never led until midway through the third quarter. The Raptors allowed 33 points in the first quarter, then held Miami to 35 points over the next 27 minutes.

Playing with 13 stitches in his right hand, Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Miami. Rodney McGruder and Goran Dragic each had 13 points for the Heat.

Spurs 97, Grizzlies 90

SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis in a possible first-round playoff preview.

San Antonio opened a four-game homestand by moving two games behind idle Golden State for the league’s best record. The Spurs (55-16) close the homestand against the Warriors (57-14) next Wednesday.

Memphis (40-32) is seventh in the Western Conference, which would result in a first-round matchup with San Antonio if the standings remain.

Mike Conley had 22 points and six assists for Memphis, which lost its third straight to fall 1 ¢ games behind Oklahoma City for sixth place.

Mavericks 97, Clippers 95

DALLAS — Harrison Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat Los Angeles.

Barnes made a 14-foot jumper with 1:06 remaining for the game’s 11th lead change, making it 96-95. After he stripped Griffin, Wesley Matthews made a free throw with 0.9 seconds to play before J.J. Redick missed a 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer.

Griffin scored 21 points, including nine in a row in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Dallas, battling from behind for a playoff berth, had lost four of its last six games.

Seth Curry led Dallas with 23 points. Barnes finished with 21 and Dirk Nowitzki had 14.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 13.

Nets 126, Suns 98

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 19 points, K.J. McDaniels had a season-high 16 and Brooklyn beat Phoenix to give the Nets consecutive victories for the first time this season.

Trevor Booker added 14 points as one of six reserves in double figures for the league-worst Nets, who beat Detroit on Tuesday.

Devin Booker scored 28 points and Marquese Chriss had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.

Alex Len had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix.

By Paul Wager

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