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Lillard's layup after Suns' turnover gives Portland victory

PHOENIX (AP) Passing the ball inbounds at a critical time proved too big a challenge for the sputtering Phoenix Suns. So, Damian Lillard got one final chance.

Of course, he came through.

Lillard scored 40 points, the last two on a driving layup with nine-tenths of a second to play, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from 15 down in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat Phoenix 106-104 on Saturday night, the Suns' ninth straight loss.

Lillard called it one of his ''more significant performances'' of the season.

''Obviously, Damian was huge, showed his leadership, showed his talent,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''We overcame a horrendous shooting night for most of the night and found a way.''

Lillard, who scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, got the final chance because Phoenix's Troy Daniels couldn't get the ball inbounds on a five-second call that turned possession over to Portland with 20.6 seconds to play.

''We knew they didn't have any time outs left,'' Stotts said, ''so we gave it a shot and made some good reads and didn't give them any outlets.'''

Devin Booker scored 30 points for the Suns, losers of 14 of their last 15.

His two free throws gave Phoenix its biggest lead, 93-78, with 7:26 to play. Lillard triggered the subsequent 18-4 outburst that caught the Suns at 97-97 on his 3-point play. Booker's fifth and final 3-pointer gave the Suns a 100-97 lead with 2:19 to go. Lillard's 3 tied it at 100 with 1:10 left.

Booker's powerful driving basket put Phoenix up 104-102 with 33.6 seconds to go. But, after a timeout, Lillard's step-back 15-footer tied it at 104-104 with 28 seconds left. The Suns called time out to set up the play but, on the sidelines, Daniels couldn't get the ball inbounds for the five-second call.

''We had no timeouts. I didn't see anybody open. If I did, I would have thrown it obviously,'' Daniels said. ''I've been in that position a lot of times, but like I said, it's tough to be in that position when you have no timeouts. You learn from and you get it better.''

On the play, Portland's CJ McCollum said ''I just tried to take away Booker.''

''I saw how they were set up and I just guarded him normal and when I turned and saw him run toward half-court I just shaded toward him,'' McCollum said.

Booker never broke open, Daniels decided not to chance it, and the last opportunity was gifted to Portland.

''There was 20 seconds left and I just wanted to make sure I got the last shot,'' Lillard said. ''I really just wanted to get the clock down, keep it towards half-court where it is further out and I can get downhill. I took a peek, the clock was at six and I got downhill.''

The Blazers, coming off a win at Utah the previous night, have won three straight and five of six.

The game was tied 10 times before Portland finished the first half with a 7-2 spurt take a 55-50 lead at the break.

But the Suns turned it on in the third quarter, outscoring the cold-shooting Blazers 31-16. Portland scored the first five of the second half to take its biggest lead, 60-50. But Phoenix overwhelmed the Trail Blazers 29-5 to go up 79-65 on Booker's 3.

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Trail Blazers: Swept the season series with Phoenix for the first time since the 1998-99 season. ... It's Portland's first seven-game winning streak against the Suns since 1987-88. ... Blazers were 3 of 22 on 3s through three quarters, finished season-worst 6 of 30.

Suns: Rookie Josh Jackson drew his eighth technical of the season. .... C Tyson Chandler (neck) was out for the third straight game and fifth in last six. ... Last time the teams met, in Portland on Jan. 16, Booker scored 43 - third-highest of his career.

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Trail Blazers: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night.

Suns: At New Orleans on Monday night.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
E. Payton
2 PG
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
13.4 Pts. Per Game 13.4
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.7 Field Goal % 52.0
44.4 Three Point % 52.1
91.8 Free Throw % 64.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 2 Damian Lillard made driving layup 0:00
  5-second inbounding violation turnover 0:20
+ 2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 0:28
+ 2 Devin Booker made driving layup 0:33
+ 2 Jusuf Nurkic made dunk 0:53
  Offensive rebound by Jusuf Nurkic 0:53
  Damian Lillard missed driving layup, blocked by Shaquille Harrison 0:54
+ 1 Elfrid Payton made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Elfrid Payton made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
Team Stats
Points 106 104
Field Goals 39-99 (39.4%) 39-87 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 6-30 (20.0%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 22-30 (73.3%) 15-21 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 57 65
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 36 45
Team 9 14
Assists 15 23
Steals 6 5
Blocks 7 10
Turnovers 6 13
Fouls 19 24
Technicals 0 1
40 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
30 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 34-26 28271635106
home team logo Suns 18-43 24263123104
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 34-26 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Suns 18-43 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 18.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.8 APG 35.2 FG%
D. Booker SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 40 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
D. Booker SG 30 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
39.4 FG% 44.8
20.0 3PT FG% 42.3
73.3 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 38 40 10 5 1 0 4 2 13/27 3/11 11/15 2 8 57 +6
C. McCollum 36 21 3 4 0 0 0 4 8/24 1/5 4/4 1 2 32 -2
J. Nurkic 29 14 13 2 1 2 1 5 7/16 0/0 0/2 5 8 33 +7
M. Harkless 30 9 0 3 1 1 1 1 3/5 1/1 2/2 0 0 16 +6
A. Aminu 34 5 6 0 0 0 0 1 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 4 11 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 38 40 10 5 1 0 4 2 13/27 3/11 11/15 2 8 57 +6
C. McCollum 36 21 3 4 0 0 0 4 8/24 1/5 4/4 1 2 32 -2
J. Nurkic 29 14 13 2 1 2 1 5 7/16 0/0 0/2 5 8 33 +7
M. Harkless 30 9 0 3 1 1 1 1 3/5 1/1 2/2 0 0 16 +6
A. Aminu 34 5 6 0 0 0 0 1 2/9 1/5 0/0 2 4 11 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Z. Collins 8 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/0 2/3 1 3 10 +3
E. Turner 13 5 4 0 0 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 3/4 1 3 11 +2
P. Connaughton 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 +1
E. Davis 18 2 5 0 0 1 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 8 -7
S. Napier 20 0 3 1 3 1 0 2 0/10 0/7 0/0 0 3 9 -4
B. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 48 15 6 7 6 19 39/99 6/30 22/30 12 36 191 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 30 9 3 0 2 4 5 11/28 5/10 3/3 2 7 43 -11
T. Warren 37 19 3 1 1 3 0 2 8/17 0/0 3/5 2 1 28 +5
E. Payton 32 13 6 11 1 0 4 4 4/10 0/1 5/8 0 6 38 -2
A. Len 29 11 13 1 0 2 1 4 5/7 0/0 1/2 0 13 27 -3
D. Bender 24 5 5 1 0 1 2 2 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 5 11 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 39 30 9 3 0 2 4 5 11/28 5/10 3/3 2 7 43 -11
T. Warren 37 19 3 1 1 3 0 2 8/17 0/0 3/5 2 1 28 +5
E. Payton 32 13 6 11 1 0 4 4 4/10 0/1 5/8 0 6 38 -2
A. Len 29 11 13 1 0 2 1 4 5/7 0/0 1/2 0 13 27 -3
D. Bender 24 5 5 1 0 1 2 2 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 5 11 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Daniels 23 11 2 0 0 0 1 1 4/7 3/6 0/0 0 2 12 -10
M. Chriss 18 5 7 3 2 0 0 1 2/6 1/3 0/0 2 5 20 +2
J. Jackson 18 5 3 1 1 1 0 1 2/5 0/1 1/1 0 3 12 -5
J. Dudley 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 -2
S. Harrison 8 2 3 1 0 1 1 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 3 7 +3
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 51 23 5 10 13 24 39/87 11/26 15/21 6 45 203 -10