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Lillard and Layman lead Blazers to 108-86 win over the Suns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jake Layman hadn't played in Portland's last five games, so he wanted to make the best of it when he did get his chance.

Layman came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 108-86 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

''I just went out there and tried to be aggressive, play within our offense and not do anything too crazy,'' he said. ''I was getting open shots. Damian (Lillard) was finding me, other guys were finding me.''

Layman, who scored 15 points in just under six minutes in the first quarter, started earlier this season but had not played since Maurice Harkless returned from a knee injury to the starting lineup.

''He (Layman) came out of the starting lineup, had a good attitude, worked hard, knew he was going to get an opportunity at some point and remained positive while he wasn't playing. And he took advantage of the opportunity when he did come in,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

Lillard added 25 points and eight assists before sitting for the final quarter for Portland, which led by as many as 31 points. It was a welcome win for the Blazers, who had lost six of their last seven games.

Troy Daniels had a season-high 15 points for the struggling Suns, who were held to nine points in the first quarter for the second consecutive game and have lost seven straight. Phoenix has just four victories this season, and just one on the road.

The Suns relied heavily on three rookies, Elie Okobo, Mikal Bridges and center Deandre Ayton while missing T.J. Warren for the fourth straight game because of right ankle soreness and Devin Booker for the second game because of a left hamstring strain. Booker is the team's top scorer, averaging 23.5 points, while Warren averages 17.7.

''It's a challenging time for us as a team,'' said Suns coach Igor Kokoskov. ''Obvioulsy, we're a young group ... When the challenging moments come, you have to show toughness.''

The Blazers were without starting guard CJ McCollum because of a sprained left ankle. McCollum was hurt in the fourth quarter of Portland's 111-102 loss at Dallas on Tuesday. Seth Curry started in his place against the Suns.

The Blazers barely missed McCollum, jumping out to a 26-5 lead after Lillard's 3-pointer. Lillard and Layman both had 15 points in the period.

Portland led by as many as 27 points in the first half and went into the break ahead 62-41. The gap remained at 20-plus points throughout the third quarter as the Blazers took an 87-61 lead into the final period.

Suns guard Jamal Crawford showed frustration at the end of the third by slamming the ball down before heading to the bench.

It was the first of a back-to-back for the Suns, who host Miami on Friday.

''Losing is tough,'' Suns forward Trevor Ariza said. ''It's really tough but at this point all I can really do is continue to be positive and continue to encourage our younger players to try and be better at the start of games.''

TIP-INS

Suns: It was the first of three meetings this season between the teams. ... The Suns trailed Sacramento 36-9 after one on Tuesday.

Trail Blazers: It was the first of a short two-game homestand for Portland before a quick two-game road trip. ... It was Portland's eighth straight victory over the Suns. .... Portland got 57 points from its bench.

AILING AYTON

Kokoskov said Ayton was under the weather, which is why Richaun Holmes started. But Ayton went on to play more than 27 minutes and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

''He had some stomach issues and didn't feel right and it was my decision not to play him at all but he insisted on playing the game and that was the adjustment we made,'' Kokoskov said. ''I was surprised he even played in this game.''

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Miami on Friday.

Trail Blazers: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

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Key Players
D. Ayton
22 C
D. Lillard
0 PG
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
27.3 Pts. Per Game 27.3
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
59.0 Field Goal % 44.3
60.0 Three Point % 44.1
77.4 Free Throw % 89.7
  Defensive rebound by Wade Baldwin IV 0:16
  Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:19
  Offensive rebound by Troy Daniels 0:20
  Out of bounds turnover on Caleb Swanigan 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Caleb Swanigan 0:56
  Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:58
  Personal foul on Zach Collins 1:10
  Bad pass turnover on Wade Baldwin IV 1:10
  Lost ball turnover on Josh Jackson, stolen by Zach Collins 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Josh Jackson 1:17
  Gary Trent Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:21
Team Stats
Points 86 108
Field Goals 35-91 (38.5%) 41-85 (48.2%)
3-Pointers 5-27 (18.5%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 17-27 (63.0%)
Total Rebounds 47 66
Offensive 11 13
Defensive 30 43
Team 6 10
Assists 20 24
Steals 11 10
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 16 17
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
25 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Suns 4-21 932182786
home team logo Trail Blazers 14-11 34282521108
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 4-21 102.1 PPG 40 RPG 23.5 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 14-11 111.0 PPG 49.1 RPG 20.7 APG
Key Players
T. Daniels SG 7.1 PPG 1.5 RPG 0.6 APG 41.9 FG%
D. Lillard PG 27.0 PPG 5.1 RPG 6.1 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Daniels SG 15 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
D. Lillard PG 25 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
38.5 FG% 48.2
18.5 3PT FG% 33.3
78.6 FT% 63.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 25 14 7 3 3 0 5 3 6/14 0/1 2/3 1 6 25 -5
E. Okobo 27 11 5 1 1 1 2 6 5/13 1/4 0/0 2 3 18 -11
R. Holmes 20 9 4 1 0 0 2 1 4/5 0/0 1/1 1 3 13 -5
M. Bridges 23 7 3 1 1 0 0 5 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 2 13 -24
T. Ariza 23 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 3 8 -24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 25 14 7 3 3 0 5 3 6/14 0/1 2/3 1 6 25 -5
E. Okobo 27 11 5 1 1 1 2 6 5/13 1/4 0/0 2 3 18 -11
R. Holmes 20 9 4 1 0 0 2 1 4/5 0/0 1/1 1 3 13 -5
M. Bridges 23 7 3 1 1 0 0 5 3/6 1/2 0/0 1 2 13 -24
T. Ariza 23 2 3 1 1 0 0 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 3 8 -24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Daniels 22 15 3 1 0 0 1 1 5/9 2/6 3/3 2 1 19 +1
D. Ayton 27 11 8 3 1 1 2 0 5/13 0/0 1/2 1 7 25 -17
D. Bender 24 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 3/7 1/4 1/1 2 1 10 +2
D. Melton 25 7 5 4 2 0 1 3 3/12 0/4 1/2 1 4 21 -2
J. Crawford 19 2 0 5 2 0 2 1 0/7 0/3 2/2 0 0 12 -25
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Booker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 86 41 20 11 2 16 21 35/91 5/27 11/14 11 30 164 -110
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 27 25 5 8 1 1 4 1 8/14 3/5 6/7 1 4 44 +31
J. Nurkic 23 9 14 2 1 1 2 2 4/12 0/1 1/4 4 10 27 +17
A. Aminu 25 8 6 1 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/2 1/2 1 5 16 +30
M. Harkless 15 6 1 0 2 0 0 4 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 +10
S. Curry 17 3 1 1 0 1 2 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 5 +19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 27 25 5 8 1 1 4 1 8/14 3/5 6/7 1 4 44 +31
J. Nurkic 23 9 14 2 1 1 2 2 4/12 0/1 1/4 4 10 27 +17
A. Aminu 25 8 6 1 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/2 1/2 1 5 16 +30
M. Harkless 15 6 1 0 2 0 0 4 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 +10
S. Curry 17 3 1 1 0 1 2 1 1/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 5 +19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Layman 26 24 7 0 2 0 2 2 10/13 3/5 1/3 2 5 31 +19
Z. Collins 26 10 5 1 1 1 0 2 4/6 0/1 2/2 3 2 19 +6
N. Stauskas 27 9 2 3 1 0 3 2 3/7 0/4 3/4 1 1 15 -8
E. Turner 19 8 4 3 1 0 1 0 3/8 0/1 2/2 1 3 18 +10
M. Leonard 11 3 6 3 1 0 0 3 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 6 16 +3
W. Baldwin IV 6 3 3 2 0 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 1/1 0 3 10 -9
C. Swanigan 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -9
G. Trent Jr. 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/2 0/2 0 1 1 -9
C. McCollum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Simons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 108 56 24 10 6 17 19 41/85 9/27 17/27 13 43 211 +110