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Blazers beat Lakers 97-81, tie Denver for final spot in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) Damian Lillard scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night to pull even with Denver in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Both the Blazers and Nuggets are 35-38 with nine games left in the regular season. They play each other Tuesday in Portland.

Denver lost at home to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier Sunday night.

Portland took control by outscoring the Lakers 37-24 in the third quarter and led by as many as 26 points. Los Angeles shot 39 percent from the field and was outrebounded 61-42.

Allen Crabbe added 18 points off the bench for the Blazers, and Noah Vonleh grabbed 14 rebounds.

D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 22 points, and reserve Tyler Ennis scored 14.

Portland led 40-32 at the break after an unsightly half in which the teams took turns struggling from the field. At halftime, both were shooting exactly 32.6 percent.

The Lakers won their previous game against the Timberwolves but have won consecutive games only once since mid-November.

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Trail Blazers: Shot 62.4 percent against Minnesota on Saturday, their best mark since hitting 64.1 percent on March 12, 2003. Coming into Sunday, they had shot 50.6 percent over their last five games.

Lakers: Rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who started the previous 19 games and averaged 12.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting, did not play because of right patellar tendinitis. Said coach Luke Walton: ''He was out there warming up and it's not right.'' Corey Brewer got his first start for the Lakers.

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Trail Blazers: Face the Nuggets for the final time this season Tuesday in Portland. The Blazers lead the season series 2-1. Lillard is averaging 36.3 points against Denver.

Lakers: Host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday and will face a top NBA backcourt for the second consecutive game. Los Angeles lost the first meeting 116-108 when John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 56 points for Washington.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
J. Randle
30 PF
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
13.7 Pts. Per Game 13.7
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
45.7 Field Goal % 48.3
44.0 Three Point % 47.8
89.4 Free Throw % 73.3
  Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton 0:02
  Tyler Ennis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Bad pass turnover on Pat Connaughton 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 0:31
  Tyler Ennis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
  Defensive rebound by D'Angelo Russell 0:40
  Jake Layman missed jump shot 0:42
+ 3 Tyler Ennis made 3-pt. jump shot 0:53
+ 2 Noah Vonleh made reverse layup 1:00
+ 2 D'Angelo Russell made finger-roll layup, assist by Tyler Ennis 1:21
  Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac 1:30
Points 97 81
Field Goals 36-89 (40.4%) 33-84 (39.3%)
3-Pointers 12-28 (42.9%) 5-21 (23.8%)
Free Throws 13-18 (72.2%) 10-17 (58.8%)
Total Rebounds 67 49
Offensive 12 1
Defensive 49 41
Team 6 7
Assists 24 19
Steals 8 7
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 13 10
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
D. Lillard PG 0
22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
home team logo
T. Ennis PG 11
14 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 35-38 2218372097
home team logo Lakers 21-521715242581
Team Stats
away team logoTrail Blazers 35-38 101.5 PPG 44 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logoLakers 21-52 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 27.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 3.3 APG 43.3 FG%
D. Russell PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 22 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
D. Russell PG 22 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
40.4 FG% 39.3
42.9 3PT FG% 23.8
72.2 FT% 58.8
Trail Blazers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 30 22 7 5 3 0 1 3 7/20 4/10 4/7 1 6 41 +21
C. McCollum 29 13 1 3 1 0 4 1 5/13 1/3 2/2 0 1 17 +6
J. Nurkic 25 9 13 4 1 1 2 3 4/15 0/0 1/2 4 9 30 +10
M. Harkless 25 8 2 3 2 0 2 1 2/4 0/2 4/4 1 1 16 +13
N. Vonleh 26 8 14 0 0 0 1 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 12 21 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 30 22 7 5 3 0 1 3 7/20 4/10 4/7 1 6 41 +21
C. McCollum 29 13 1 3 1 0 4 1 5/13 1/3 2/2 0 1 17 +6
J. Nurkic 25 9 13 4 1 1 2 3 4/15 0/0 1/2 4 9 30 +10
M. Harkless 25 8 2 3 2 0 2 1 2/4 0/2 4/4 1 1 16 +13
N. Vonleh 26 8 14 0 0 0 1 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 12 21 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 29 18 6 1 1 2 0 3 7/12 4/8 0/0 1 5 29 +14
A. Aminu 26 9 10 4 0 1 1 2 3/6 1/2 2/3 1 9 27 +13
M. Leonard 20 8 4 2 0 0 0 1 3/7 2/3 0/0 1 3 16 +13
E. Turner 20 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 6 +7
P. Connaughton 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -4
J. Layman 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
S. Napier 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
E. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ezeli - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Quarterman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 97 61 24 8 4 13 16 36/89 12/28 13/18 12 49 205 +80
Lakers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 33 22 1 2 0 0 2 3 8/19 1/4 5/5 0 1 25 -17
J. Clarkson 37 10 7 6 0 0 3 1 4/16 1/4 1/2 0 7 26 -18
I. Zubac 26 10 7 2 0 0 1 3 4/9 0/2 2/2 0 7 20 -8
J. Randle 27 4 9 2 1 1 2 3 2/7 0/0 0/0 0 9 17 -21
C. Brewer 19 3 2 1 1 2 0 0 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 2 10 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 33 22 1 2 0 0 2 3 8/19 1/4 5/5 0 1 25 -17
J. Clarkson 37 10 7 6 0 0 3 1 4/16 1/4 1/2 0 7 26 -18
I. Zubac 26 10 7 2 0 0 1 3 4/9 0/2 2/2 0 7 20 -8
J. Randle 27 4 9 2 1 1 2 3 2/7 0/0 0/0 0 9 17 -21
C. Brewer 19 3 2 1 1 2 0 0 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 2 10 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ennis 26 14 3 5 4 0 1 1 6/15 1/6 1/2 0 3 30 +3
L. Nance Jr. 29 9 7 1 0 0 0 2 4/7 0/2 1/5 0 7 18 -6
D. Nwaba 29 9 1 0 1 0 1 2 4/4 1/1 0/1 0 1 10 -6
T. Black 14 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 +3
N. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. World Peace - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 81 42 19 7 3 10 17 33/84 5/21 10/17 1 41 161 -80