Lillard's late barrage lifts Blazers
PORTLAND — After hitting his third consecutive 3-pointer, Damian Lillard flapped his arms above his head and motioned to the crowd while screaming, "Come on man, let's go!"
"I got some good looks at the rim and let them fly," Lillard said.
The star guard scored 31 points, including five 3-pointers in the last 3:07, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 on Sunday night.
Portland coach Terry Stotts said calling Lillard's performance "big" would be an understatement.
"You don't see that very often," Stotts said.
CJ McCollum added 22 points for Portland, which hit a season-high 19 3-pointers to snap a three-game losing streak. Lillard finished with eight 3s, matching his career high.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook nearly had his fourth triple-double of the season, but fell just short with 25 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. Last season, Westbrook led the NBA with 11 triple-doubles.
Kevin Durant had 28 points for Oklahoma City and has scored 20 or more in 23 consecutive games.
Medford's Kyle Singler returned to his home state with the Thunder and played two minutes. He didn't score.
With 3:19 remaining, Andre Roberson hit a buzzer-beating 3 to put Oklahoma City up 103-95. That started a 3-point shootout. Lillard hit three straight 3s and Allen Crabbe drained another to cut the Thunder's lead to 108-107 with 2 minutes left.
Lillard wasn't done.
He hit two more 3s to give Portland a three-point lead, and an offensive foul on Oklahoma City with a minute left brought fans to their feet. But it was Mason Plumlee's block for the Blazers with 30.9 seconds left, Lillard said, that made all the difference.
"Changed the game completely," Lillard said. "That was the game-winner right there."
Lillard finished with 17 points in the final quarter. Durant went scoreless in the fourth.
"They played well in the fourth and we didn't," Durant said. "All those made shots kind of broke our backs."
The loss ended a four-game winning streak on the road for the Thunder.
The Blazers and Thunder kept it close in a sloppy first quarter. Steven Adams slammed down a one-handed dunk for Oklahoma City, and Maurice Harkless answered with a 3.
Portland led 52-46 at halftime. Westbrook had just two points heading into the break.
Lillard's eight points in 2 minutes allowed the Blazers to open up their lead to 65-55 in the third quarter. Quick points from the Thunder, including a 3-pointer and a free throw by Adams and a running jumper from Durant, trimmed Portland's lead to two.
The Thunder rallied to take the lead, but McCollum's 3 at the buzzer to end the third brought the Blazers to 85-80.
Thunder: Durant has scored 20 or more points against the Trail Blazers in the last five meetings. ... It was the second of four matchups between the teams this season. Oklahoma City won 106-90 on Dec. 16.
Trail Blazers: Former Oregon running back LaMichael James was among the fans in courtside seats. James is currently a free agent in the NFL. ... Portland's bench outscored Oklahoma City's 35-16. ... Portland's 44 3-point attempts were a franchise record.
DURANT ON THE RALLY: "They were coming off pick-and-rolls, shooting fall-away 3s, step-back 3s. You've got to give them credit. That's what they do. They have two guards that make shots," Durant said.
ABOUT ALL THOSE 3s: All of Lillard's field goals in the final quarter were from 3-point range. He was 5 of 8 from beyond the arc in the period. ... Lillard's seventh 3-pointer of the game was the 700th of his career. He and Golden State's Klay Thompson are the only active players with 700-plus 3s in their first four seasons. ... Lillard has made eight 3-pointers in a game three times.
The Thunder continue their road trip at Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Trail Blazers host Utah on Wednesday.