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Sport Lillard's 49 points lift Blazers over Heat, 115-104

03:05  20 march  2017
03:05  20 march  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points to cool off the Miami Heat . MIAMI (AP) - Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points , 28 of them coming after halftime and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 115 - 104 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Damian Lillard apparently disagrees. Lillard scored a season-high 49 points , tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and carried the Portland Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat , 115 - 104 on Sunday night. He had 16 points after checking in for the final time with 8:26 left, sparking a game-ending 28-18 run.

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) dunks over Miami Heat's James Johnson (16) and Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) © The Associated Press Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) dunks over Miami Heat's James Johnson (16) and Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points, 28 of them coming after halftime and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat 115-104 on Sunday night.

Lillard tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, giving him 1,002 for his career. He shot 14 for 21 from the field, 9 for 12 from 3-point range and made all 12 of his free throws.

BOX SCORE:  TRAIL BLAZERS 115, HEAT 104

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Heat , 115 – 104 .[50] On April 3, 2017, he was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in March. Behind Lillard , the Trail Blazers went an NBA-best 13–3 in March to surge into eighth place in the Western Conference. ^ " Lillard ' s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors".

Portland Trail Blazers ' Damian Lillard (0) dunks over Miami Heat ' s James Johnson (16) and Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of Lillard scored a season-high 49 points , tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and carried the Portland Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat , 115 - 104 on Sunday night.

Jusef Nurkic added 21 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (32-37), which moved within a game of idle Denver for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. C.J. McCollum scored 18 points and Noah Vonleh added 11 for the Trail Blazers.

James Johnson scored 24 points for Miami, which lost for just the second time in its last 17 home games. The Heat (34-36) missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season and fell to 7-17 this season when Dion Waiters isn't in the lineup.

Waiters is out with a sprained ankle. The Heat are 27-19 when he plays.

Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Goran Dragic scored 17 points and Tyler Johnson added 14 for the Heat, who have now lost their last seven Sunday games going back to last season's playoff finale.

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Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their third straight win, a 115 - 104 victory over the Miami Heat on

Lillard scored a season-high 49 points , tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and carried the Portland Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat , 115 - 104 on

Vonleh's dunk with 3:47 left in the second quarter tied the game at 43, and the Blazers wouldn't trail again. Portland opened as much as an eight-point lead on three occasions in the third quarter, and did it again early in the fourth.

Miami went on a 7-0 run to get within one, and thought it had reclaimed the lead on a basket by Willie Reed with 8:41 left. But referee Justin Van Duyne waved it off with a traveling call, and Lillard checked back in at that moment and scored the next five points to push Portland's lead back to 92-86.

That was part of a 16-point final quarter for Lillard.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: All four of Lillard's 40-point efforts this season have come on the road. He also had a four-point play in the third quarter. .... Portland finished 4-1 on its five-game, eight-night trip. ... The Blazers outrebounded Miami 43-39 and connected on 13 of their 26 3-point tries.

Heat: Josh Richardson started in Waiters' spot. ... Whiteside's night went in spurts, some good, some bad. He scored Miami's first 10 points, then had seven of the final 94 Heat points. And he had no fouls in the first half, then committed four in the first 7:50 of the third quarter. ... Heat President Pat Riley, who spent part of the weekend scouting NCAA Tournament games, was back in his customary seat.

Goran Dragic missing game with massively swollen eye

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Tonight, Lillard made 29.7 look pedestrian. The Blazers ’ captain torched the Heat for 49 points on only 21 shots. Nine of his made field goals were 3-pointers But the best part? Lillard ’ s 49 propelled the Blazers to a 115 - 104 victory over the Heat . Portland has now won three in a row, and finished a

Damian Lillard drained the incredible three with 0.9 seconds left to send Portland to the 2nd round over Houston. Visit nba.com/video for more highlights.

MORE DAME

Lillard's 49 points were two shy of his career high, and were the sixth-most an opponent has managed at Miami. The only others with more: Michael Jordan scored 56 and 50, Alex English scored 51, Vince Carter also scored 51 and Carmelo Anthony had 50.

HEAT HONOREE

Miami's "Home Strong" pregame ceremony, where the Heat pay tribute to a member of the Armed Forces, carried particular significance Sunday. The team honored U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Kenny Lewis, who has been part of the Heat security team since his retirement in 2010. Every player and coach on the Heat roster joined Lewis at midcourt for the ceremony.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host Milwaukee on Tuesday. It's the start of a three-game homestand.

Heat: Host Phoenix on Tuesday. Miami has beaten the Suns six consecutive times at home.

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Raiders fan Damian Lillard throws shade at Mark Davis .
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