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Lillard, McCollum help Blazers beat Suns 114-107

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers didn't expect to see the same Phoenix team they beat by a record score in the season opener.

They were right.

Damian Lillard scored 25 points, C.J. McCollum had 23 and the Trail Blazers outlasted persistent Phoenix 114-107 on Saturday night.

Lillard hit a 10-foot runner with 29 seconds left to give the Blazers (4-2) a four-point lead in a game where they never led by double digits. Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Pat Connaughton scored 13 points off the bench for Portland.

The game looked nothing like the matchup in Phoenix on Oct. 18, when the Blazers won 124-76, the largest margin for a season opener in NBA history.

Since then, Phoenix has gone through a coaching change that seems to have given the Suns a spark. Earl Watson was fired following an 0-3 start, replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Jay Triano. Phoenix came into Portland on a two-game winning streak, and threatened to make it three.

''It was a tough win. I was really impressed with Phoenix. They really turned their season around in a short amount of time. It's sure a different team than the one we played a week and a half ago,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

Devin Booker hit 11 of 19 shots and scored a season-high 34 points for Phoenix (2-4). T.J. Warren and Alex Len had 12 points apiece for the Suns.

''I thought we played the right way,'' said Triano, a Portland assistant under Stotts for four years. ''I didn't think we finished our shots down the stretch, but we put ourselves in a position, on the road, to win a game. I give our guys a lot of credit.''

The Blazers led 98-91 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't pull away. Phoenix pulled within a possession on three occasions, and had a chance to tie with less than a minute to play when Marquese Chriss missed a 20-foot jumper. Lillard pounced, split the Phoenix defense and hit a floating runner to put Portland ahead 110-106.

''We're just not playing well offensively. The ball is moving, we're getting good looks, and when those good looks don't fall, we just try to make things happen. That's when we have the turnovers and the low percentage of shots,'' Lillard said.

Portland led 61-57 at halftime after making eight 3-pointers and shooting 48 percent. Connaughton hit his first four shots off the bench, including three 3-pointers, as the Blazers opened a 36-30 lead early in the second quarter.

Lillard and Nurkic, a combined 3 of 15 during the first half, scored 16 of Portland's first 18 points of the second half. Still, the Blazers couldn't shake Phoenix. Booker scored 10 points to keep the Suns within 92-89 heading into the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Suns: Rookie guard Mike James graduated from Northeast Portland's Grant High School in 2008. ... This is the fourth time Phoenix has played Portland in October, including twice during preseason. ... Booker has reached double-figure scoring in his past six games against Portland. During this stretch, Booker is averaging 23.7 points per game.

Blazers: Forward Meyers Leonard is out four to six weeks (right lateral ankle sprain). The injury occurred during a practice earlier in the week. ... Lillard reached the 9,000-point milestone during the third quarter. With 402 career games, Lillard is the fastest Blazer to score 9,000 points. ... The Blazers have won five consecutive games over Phoenix, their longest winning streak over the Suns since claiming seven straight wins from November 1987-November 1988. ... Portland outrebounded the Suns 53-46, the fifth time in six games it has won the rebounding battle.

LILLARD STILL SEARCHING

Lillard continues to struggle with his shot this season, after making just 7 of 21 against Phoenix. Through six games, Lillard is shooting 37.9 percent (33 of 87), and 30 percent (17 of 56) over his last three games. The distance doesn't seem to matter, as Lillard is shooting 37.5 percent (12 of 32) from 3-point range.

''I'm bouncing into my shots. I had a couple of shots tonight where I was like, `How did that not go in?' When I had good rhythm into it, I had good legs go into it. It just didn't go into the basket,'' Lillard said.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Blazers: Host Toronto on Monday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 G
D. Lillard
0 G
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
21.8 Pts. Per Game 21.8
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
44.2 Field Goal % 37.0
42.4 Three Point % 37.9
82.6 Free Throw % 88.6
+ 1 Devin Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
  Devin Booker missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Team rebound 0:12
  Personal foul on CJ McCollum 0:12
+ 1 Jusuf Nurkic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 Jusuf Nurkic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Tyson Chandler 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:14
  Tyler Ulis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Damian Lillard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
Team Stats
Points 107 114
Field Goals 37-87 (42.5%) 40-91 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 24-30 (80.0%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 50 62
Offensive 12 12
Defensive 34 41
Team 4 9
Assists 21 27
Steals 12 8
Blocks 7 7
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 23 26
Technicals 0 0
34 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
25 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Suns 2-4 24333218107
home team logo Trail Blazers 4-2 29323122114
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 2-4 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 4-2 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
D. Booker G 24.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.7 APG 43.2 FG%
D. Lillard G 26.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.6 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker G 34 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
D. Lillard G 25 PTS 7 REB 9 AST
42.5 FG% 44.0
34.6 3PT FG% 42.3
80.0 FT% 82.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 34 34 6 6 0 0 4 3 11/19 4/7 8/9 0 6 48 +5
T. Warren 26 12 7 1 1 1 3 2 6/15 0/2 0/0 1 6 20 -4
M. James 26 9 3 4 0 0 1 3 2/8 1/2 4/4 2 1 19 -5
M. Chriss 19 7 1 2 2 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 13 -9
T. Chandler 24 7 5 2 0 2 3 6 2/3 0/0 3/4 2 3 15 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 34 34 6 6 0 0 4 3 11/19 4/7 8/9 0 6 48 +5
T. Warren 26 12 7 1 1 1 3 2 6/15 0/2 0/0 1 6 20 -4
M. James 26 9 3 4 0 0 1 3 2/8 1/2 4/4 2 1 19 -5
M. Chriss 19 7 1 2 2 1 2 1 3/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 13 -9
T. Chandler 24 7 5 2 0 2 3 6 2/3 0/0 3/4 2 3 15 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Len 22 12 8 0 1 1 1 2 3/7 0/0 6/8 1 7 21 -11
J. Jackson 22 10 6 0 3 0 0 3 3/11 1/3 3/4 3 3 19 -1
T. Ulis 21 8 2 5 4 0 0 1 4/9 0/1 0/0 1 1 24 -3
D. Bender 28 8 7 0 1 2 2 1 3/5 2/4 0/0 1 6 16 +2
T. Daniels 13 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 1 0 2 -11
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Bledsoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 46 21 12 7 17 23 37/87 9/26 24/30 12 34 197 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 35 25 7 9 1 0 2 2 7/21 3/8 8/9 3 4 49 +2
C. McCollum 34 23 5 6 2 1 1 5 9/20 1/5 4/5 2 3 42 +6
J. Nurkic 27 17 9 2 0 1 3 4 6/15 0/1 5/6 1 8 28 0
A. Aminu 29 10 5 2 2 2 0 4 3/5 1/2 3/3 0 5 23 +7
M. Harkless 35 10 7 1 0 2 1 2 4/11 2/5 0/0 1 6 20 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 35 25 7 9 1 0 2 2 7/21 3/8 8/9 3 4 49 +2
C. McCollum 34 23 5 6 2 1 1 5 9/20 1/5 4/5 2 3 42 +6
J. Nurkic 27 17 9 2 0 1 3 4 6/15 0/1 5/6 1 8 28 0
A. Aminu 29 10 5 2 2 2 0 4 3/5 1/2 3/3 0 5 23 +7
M. Harkless 35 10 7 1 0 2 1 2 4/11 2/5 0/0 1 6 20 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 26 13 4 1 0 0 1 0 4/5 3/4 2/2 0 4 18 +5
E. Turner 23 10 5 2 1 0 5 3 4/7 1/1 1/3 1 4 15 +5
E. Davis 19 6 11 3 2 1 1 3 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 7 25 +7
Z. Collins 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 53 27 8 7 14 26 40/91 11/26 23/28 12 41 222 +35