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Russell has 21 points, Nets beat Trail Blazers 101-97

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) D'Angelo Russell knew that the difference for Brooklyn against Portland's duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum was going to be the defense.

''Honestly, I think we played defense for all 48 minutes,'' he said. ''We had maybe a minute-and-a-half lapse. For 48 minutes, everybody played their part.''

Russell had 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blazers with a 101-97 victory Friday night. He also had nine assists.

DeMarre Carroll added 16 points and Allen Crabbe had 12 in his first trip back to Portland since he was traded to the Nets in the offseason.

Jusuf Nurkic led Portland with 21 points but played just under one minute in the fourth quarter, and Damian Lillard added 19.

The Nets led 77-70 to start the final quarter, but Portland pulled in front 86-84 on Evan Turner's jumper with 6:14 left. After Russell's running 3-pointer for the Nets tied it at 89, he added a free throw and another basket to push Brooklyn's lead to 92-89.

Lillard gave the Blazers a brief 95-94 lead on a pull-up jumper with 2:36 left, but Brooklyn reclaimed it with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's layup and padded it with Russell's jumper.

CJ McCollum's layup pulled Portland to 98-97 with 33 seconds left, but it was as close as the Blazers could get and Russell added a layup with 11.4 seconds to go that would all but seal it.

''Not a good loss, not a good loss,'' said McCollum, who finished with 17. ''It's a game we should have won. No offense to the Brooklyn Nets, but that's a game we should have won.''

Crabbe played for the Blazers from 2013-17. Well-liked by the local fans, he was greeted with warm applause during player introductions.

''I feel like it was a great team effort. I think our defense tonight was on point where it needed to be,'' he said afterward. ''We made the stops that we needed to make and then we made the plays we needed to make on the offensive end.''

Crabbe was traded to Brooklyn over the summer. He is among the young players the Nets hope to build around, but he was slowed at the start of the season by an ankle injury in camp.

The Nets have been hampered by injuries of late. Trevor Booker (back), Hollis-Jefferson (hip) and Jarret Allen (foot) were all sidelined for the last game, a 112-104 loss at Denver on Tuesday night. Brooklyn has been without Jeremy Lin since the first game of the season because of a ruptured patellar tendon.

Hollis-Jefferson started Friday and had 11 points.

Pat Connaughton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter, giving the Blazers an early 28-21 lead. Portland stayed out in front through the half, leading 52-46 at the break.

Nurkic led all players with 15 points in the half. He did not speak to reporters after the game about his fourth-quarter absence.

''I thought with their small lineup, I thought defensively we were giving up too much when he was in the game and I liked Ed's athleticism,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

The Nets went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter, pulling within 65-62 on Quincy Acy's 3-pointer. Carroll's 3 tied it at 65 and he added a dunk to give Brooklyn the lead.

Turner's 3-pointer and McCollum's long jumper got Portland within 80-79 with 9:12 left in the game. Shabazz Napier had a 3 for Portland that tied it at 82.

Portland was coming off a 98-97 loss at home to the Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

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Nets: It was the fourth game of a five-game road trip for Brooklyn. ... Crabbe became the second fastest player to reach 25 3-pointers in a season in Nets' history with a 3 in the first half. Crabbe did it in 12 games, while Anthony Morrow did it in 11 in 2011-12.

Trail Blazers: The Blazers were playing the fourth in a six-game road The main scoreboard and some of the electronic advertising around the Moda Center was down in the first quarter.

LILLARD'S HAND: Lillard was icing his left hand in the locker room following the game.

''On one of my last drives to the rim, they ended up getting the ball, we kind of came down to get the ball and (I) hit my hand, so my hand was numb a little bit,'' Lillard said.

He added: ''I think I'll be all right.''

UP NEXT:

Nets: At Utah on Saturday night.

Trail Blazers: Host Denver on Monday night.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 G
D. Lillard
0 G
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
25.7 Pts. Per Game 25.7
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
45.2 Field Goal % 41.2
44.9 Three Point % 40.5
68.4 Free Throw % 92.8
  Bad pass turnover on Spencer Dinwiddie, stolen by CJ McCollum 0:00
  Team rebound 0:01
  CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 1 D'Angelo Russell made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
  Team rebound 0:08
  D'Angelo Russell missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Pat Connaughton 0:08
  Offensive rebound by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 0:08
  D'Angelo Russell missed free throw 0:11
  Shooting foul on Ed Davis 0:11
+ 2 D'Angelo Russell made finger-roll layup 0:11
Team Stats
Points 101 97
Field Goals 39-91 (42.9%) 40-95 (42.1%)
3-Pointers 12-38 (31.6%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 11-19 (57.9%) 9-11 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 56 61
Offensive 11 12
Defensive 38 39
Team 7 10
Assists 25 17
Steals 7 4
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 13 17
Technicals 1 0
away team logo
D. Russell G 1
21 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
home team logo
D. Lillard G 0
19 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Nets 5-7 21253124101
home team logo Trail Blazers 6-62824182797
Team Stats
away team logoNets 5-7 108.6 PPG 45.6 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logoTrail Blazers 6-6 103.3 PPG 46.3 RPG 18.2 APG
Key Players
D. Russell G 20.9 PPG 4.7 RPG 5.7 APG 46.3 FG%
J. Nurkic C 15.1 PPG 7.8 RPG 2.0 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell G 21 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
J. Nurkic C 21 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 42.1
31.6 3PT FG% 34.8
57.9 FT% 81.8
Nets
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 28 21 4 9 0 0 2 1 8/19 3/9 2/5 0 4 41 +9
D. Carroll 30 16 8 1 1 1 0 1 5/11 3/7 3/3 3 5 28 +10
A. Crabbe 30 12 5 2 2 0 1 3 5/11 2/7 0/0 1 4 22 +7
R. Hollis-Jefferson 38 11 8 3 3 1 0 1 5/14 0/1 1/2 2 6 29 +1
T. Mozgov 18 9 5 0 0 0 4 3 4/5 0/0 1/4 2 3 10 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 28 21 4 9 0 0 2 1 8/19 3/9 2/5 0 4 41 +9
D. Carroll 30 16 8 1 1 1 0 1 5/11 3/7 3/3 3 5 28 +10
A. Crabbe 30 12 5 2 2 0 1 3 5/11 2/7 0/0 1 4 22 +7
R. Hollis-Jefferson 38 11 8 3 3 1 0 1 5/14 0/1 1/2 2 6 29 +1
T. Mozgov 18 9 5 0 0 0 4 3 4/5 0/0 1/4 2 3 10 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Harris 21 10 3 2 0 2 0 0 4/9 1/5 1/1 0 3 19 -3
S. Dinwiddie 24 9 3 3 0 0 1 1 4/12 1/3 0/0 1 2 17 -3
Q. Acy 24 8 7 1 1 0 0 3 2/5 2/4 2/2 1 6 18 +11
C. LeVert 18 5 6 3 0 0 2 0 2/5 0/2 1/2 1 5 15 -3
J. Wiley 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 0
T. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kilpatrick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 49 25 7 4 10 13 39/91 12/38 11/19 11 38 201 +20
Trail Blazers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Nurkic 25 21 5 1 0 0 0 1 10/20 0/0 1/2 2 3 28 +3
D. Lillard 35 19 9 6 0 0 2 1 7/16 1/5 4/5 2 7 38 -12
C. McCollum 34 17 3 4 1 1 2 3 6/16 3/6 2/2 1 2 28 +5
M. Harkless 31 8 8 0 0 1 1 2 3/11 0/2 2/2 2 6 16 +4
N. Vonleh 15 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 3 7 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Nurkic 25 21 5 1 0 0 0 1 10/20 0/0 1/2 2 3 28 +3
D. Lillard 35 19 9 6 0 0 2 1 7/16 1/5 4/5 2 7 38 -12
C. McCollum 34 17 3 4 1 1 2 3 6/16 3/6 2/2 1 2 28 +5
M. Harkless 31 8 8 0 0 1 1 2 3/11 0/2 2/2 2 6 16 +4
N. Vonleh 15 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 3 7 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Turner 32 11 7 1 0 0 1 1 5/11 1/4 0/0 0 7 19 -1
S. Napier 19 11 3 2 1 0 0 2 5/7 1/2 0/0 0 3 19 -1
P. Connaughton 16 6 2 3 0 0 3 2 2/7 2/4 0/0 1 1 11 -10
C. Swanigan 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 5 +5
E. Davis 22 0 6 0 2 2 1 3 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 5 9 -7
A. Aminu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 51 17 4 4 10 17 40/95 8/23 9/11 12 39 180 -20