Lillard breaks loose for 51, lifts Blazers over Warriors
PORTLAND, ORE. – Damian Lillard had a career-high 51 points, seven assists and six steals to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a surprisingly dominant 137-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
C.J. McCollum added 21 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who have won four straight and nine of 10 to move above .500 for the first time since Nov. 4.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 31 points.
Draymond Green added 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, but also had nine turnovers as Golden State broke its 11-game winning streak.
The Blazers used a stifling defense throughout the game, but especially in the third quarter when they forced the defending champions into 13 turnovers.
Portland led 104-79 after three and the lead could have been bigger if the Blazers had been able to convert more of those turnovers into points.
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•BENCH SUPPORT: Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points off the bench in leading the host Bulls to a 116-106 win over the Raptors.
•THUNDER QUIETED: Monta Ellis' three-pointer with 18.8 seconds left gave the Pacers a 101-98 victory at Oklahoma City.
•SINKING REALITY: The Suns lost their 10th in a row, 116,100 to Houston.
•DUEL OF LEGENDS: Kobe Bryant had 25 points in 29 minutes, and Tim Duncan finished with a double-double as the Spurs finished a season sweep with a 119-113 win over the host Lakers.
• BREEZE IN BIG EASY: Anthony Davis scored 34 points, and the host Pelicans beat the 76ers 121-114.
•BUZZING HORNETS: Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Cody Zeller added a season-high 23 in the Hornets' 98-95 victory in Milwaukee.
•TOUGH MATH: Dallas set a club record with 19 three-pointers but lost 110-104 to Orlando in overtime.