MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Damian Lillard carried his teammates on is again Sunday, scoring a season-high 49 points because the Portland Trail Blazers stopped the Miami Heat 115-104 at American Airlines Arena.
The 26-year-old level guard from Oakland, California made 12 free throws and 9 three-pointers, the identical quantity the whole Heat staff did. His 49 points was simply 4 fewer than the Miami beginning lineup.
“That was one incredible performance,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned. “There could also be lower than 5 gamers on this league that it’s important to do one thing completely different in your pick-and-roll protection. Lillard is a type of guys.
“Once he got going, there haven’t been many shooting performances like that in the league this year. He was outstanding,” he mentioned.
Despite enjoying on back-to-back nights, Lillard confirmed no indicators of fatigue, making 14 of 21 photographs from the ground.
It was Lillard’s 13th sport this season with 30 or extra points and his fourth with 40 or extra. He began the night time seventh in NBA scoring with a mean of 26.5 points.
Lillard acquired assist from Jusuf Nurkic, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Portland improved to 32-37 on the season.
CJ McCollum added 18 points because the Trail Blazers received their third sport in a row and at the moment are one sport behind the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and last playoff berth within the Western Conference.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts mentioned he hopes his gamers stay centered throughout their last 13 video games, 10 of that are at house.
“Being at home doesn’t guarantee anything,” Stotts mentioned. “Certainly, it’s an advantage, but we can’t let down our guard,” he added.
Elsewhere, JJ Barea tallied 11 of his 20 points within the fourth quarter because the Dallas Mavericks went wire-to-wire to beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104.
Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points, together with 20 within the first three quarters when the Mavericks took an 82-72 lead. He additionally grew to become the sixth NBA participant to attain a minimum of 31,000 profession points.