Trail Blazers end skid at seven
PORTLAND — After the second of back-to-back 3-pointers found the bottom of the net, Damian Lillard pointed to his wrist signaling, "It's Lillard time."
The crowd roared.
When he hit the third 3, Lillard knew the Portland Trail Blazers' losing streak was ending.
"After I hit the third one I was like, whatever happens, I'm going to make sure we win this game," Lillard said.
Lillard finished with 27 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game skid with a 102-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Lillard's 3-pointer with 3½ minutes left gave Portland a 90-85 lead. Blake Griffin answered with a basket on the other end, but Lillard nailed another 3.
Lillard hit another 3-pointer with 1:46 remaining to put Portland up 100-87 and the Clippers couldn't catch up.
CJ McCollum added 18 points for the Blazers, while Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Griffin led Los Angeles with 21 points. Jamal Crawford made five 3-pointers and finished with 20.
Paul Pierce did not play on the second night of a back-to-back. The Clippers blew a 23-point lead in a 124-117 home loss to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors the night before.
"We're just not finishing games right now," Chris Paul said.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he planned to play Paul sparingly, because the point guard continues to work his way back from a groin injury. Paul ended up playing more than 28 minutes and finished with 11 points and eight assists.
Paul had averaged 29.3 points in his past six games against the Blazers.
JJ Redick returned for Los Angeles after missing the last three games with back spasms. He played 26 minutes and had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
WARRIORS 106, BULLS 94: At Oakland, Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the 14-0 Golden State moved within one victory of matching the best start in NBA history. The league's last undefeated team ran its franchise-record home winning streak to 26 games.
Golden State equaled the 1957-58 Celtics as the only defending champions to win their initial 14 games. The Warriors are one of five teams in NBA history to begin 14-0, and will travel to Denver looking to keep it going Sunday.
SUNS 114, NUGGETS 107: At Denver, Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 and Phoenix rallied from a 17-point deficit for the win.
PELICANS 104, SPURS 90: At New Orleans, Anthony Davis had 20 points and 18 rebounds in his return from a sore shoulder, and New Orleans beat San Antonio for its second victory of the season.
KNICKS 93, THUNDER 90: At Oklahoma City,Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and New York beat Oklahoma City for its third straight victory. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
HORNETS 113, 76ERS 88: At Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, and the 76ers dropped to 0-13. They have dropped 23 in a row overall and are nearing the NBA record for longest losing streak.
MAVERICKS 102, JAZZ 93: At Dallas, Deron Williams scored a season-high 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 19 and Dallas beat Utah for its sixth straight victory.
GRIZZLIES 96, ROCKETS 84: At Memphis, Mike Conley scored 26 points and Marc Gasol had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Memphis.
PISTONS 96, TIMBERWOLVES 86: At Minneapolis, Andre Drummond had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Marcus Morris 16 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.
CELTICS 120, NETS 95: At Boston, Avery Bradley scored 21 points and Isaiah Thomas added 18 points and nine assists for Boston.
RAPTORS 102, LAKERS 91: At Los Angeles, Kyle Lowry had 25 points, DeMar DeRozan scored seven of his 18 in the final 3:34 and Toronto ended a three-game skid.