Damian Lillard scores 40 as Blazers cut Kings By Reuters

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Damian Lillard set season records of 40 points and 13 assists and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to score a 132-126 victory over host Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. CJ McCollum contributed 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Portland to win its fourth straight game, the best of the season. Lillard and McCollum each scored six 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers, who shot 23 of 48 from behind the arc and shot 48.9 percent overall. De’Aaron Fox scored 29 points and Buddy Hield made eight 3-pointers, the season’s best record, while scoring 26 points for the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in their last eight games. Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points and nine assists, and Richaun Holmes had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Sacramento. Brooklyn Nets 116 – New York Knicks 109 Kevin Durant scored 26 points to lead seven players in double figures to quickly restructure Brooklyn, which capped off a wild day with a victory over host New York. All uniforms except DeAndre Jordan and Chris Chiozza scored at least 10 points for the Nets hours after the team reportedly agreed to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets in a successful four-team trade. Bruce Brown had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets, while Joe Harris also had 15 points. Julius Randle scored 30 points for the Knicks, who have lost four in a row. RJ Barrett had 20 points while Mitchell Robinson added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles Lakers 128 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 LeBron James scored 26 points and Los Angeles improved to 7-0 on the road, a first for the franchise, with a big win at Oklahoma City. The Lakers, who led from start to finish, have been lost by just 11 seconds in the last three games combined. James hit five 3-pointers, the season-high, Montrezl Harrell added 21 points and Anthony Davis scored 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter. The Thunder have lost all five home games this season, their worst home start since 2007. The franchise, in its final season in Seattle, started 0-7 at home that season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 17 points. Milwaukee Bucks 110 – Detroit Pistons 101 Giannis Antetokounmpo posted the 20th triple-double of his career with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and visiting Milwaukee extended his winning streak over Detroit to 14 games. Jrue Holiday had 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Bucks, who defeated the Pistons for the third time this season. The 14-game streak, which includes postseason games, began during the 2018-19 season. Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 22 points, while Svi Mykhailiuk contributed 18. Los Angeles Clippers 111 – New Orleans Pelicans 106 Kawhi Leonard had 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds as host Los Angeles defeated shortstop New Orleans. Paul George had 27 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Clippers. George hit 5 of 9 triples and 8 of 16 shots from the ground. Patrick Beverley added 10 points and six rebounds. Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored a career-high 37 points on 15 of 23 shots, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, for the Pelicans. Brandon Ingram had 22 points and six rebounds for New Orleans, which played without Zion Williamson (health and safety protocols), Lonzo Ball (NYSE 🙂 (knee) and Eric Bledsoe (eye). Dallas Mavericks 104 – Charlotte Hornets 93 Luka Doncic racked up 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead Dallas to beat host Charlotte, who lost Gordon Hayward to a hip injury in the third quarter. Doncic hit 5 of 9 shots from 3-point range to send the Mavericks to their fourth consecutive win overall and fourth in a row at Charlotte. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 16 while making his season debut with Dallas. Hayward scored 16 points before leaving the game. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and PJ Washington added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who saw their four-game winning streak end. Memphis Grizzlies 118 – Minnesota Timberwolves 107 Kyle Anderson hit consecutive triples during an eight-point run midway through the fourth quarter that propelled Memphis past Minnesota in Minneapolis. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 24 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, which won its third straight game, including the second in a row in its current three-game trip. Grayson Allen finished with 20 points and Brandon Clarke added 19. Malik Beasley led Minnesota with 28 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell contributed 25 points each, with Towns throwing 14 rebounds, the team’s best, and Russell delivering eight assists. –Field level media