CLEVELAND – The Portland Trail Blazers kept it simple with the game on the line: Just get the ball to Damian Lillard and get out of the way.
The point guard made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting Portland to a 119-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
“There is no explaining it,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Damian had it going, so we ran it through him.”
Lillard had a career-high eight three-pointers while scoring 36 points. He made a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give Portland a 111-109 overtime victory over Detroit on Sunday.
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“That was coldblooded,” Cleveland guard Dion Waiters said. “We knew Lillard was getting the ball. That was a big-time shot.”
Anderson Varejao’s tying basket for Cleveland with 7.1 seconds left prompted a Portland timeout. Lillard dribbled toward the top of the key and made the winning shot over Alonzo Gee from about 26 feet.
“He’s more capable of dribble-driving by you and finishing,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said of Lillard. “Their last game, he drove by somebody and shot a pullup. So you pick your poison.”
Portland (22-4) has the best record in the NBA. The Blazers have won five straight.
LaMarcus Aldridge collected 26 points and 15 rebounds for Portland.
Kyrie Irving and Waiters scored 25 each for Cleveland.
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• Kevin Durant scored 30 points and visiting Oklahoma City beat Denver 105-93 for its seventh consecutive victory.
• Stephen Curry had 28 points and 12 assists and David Lee added 21 points and 17 rebounds as host Golden State beat New Orleans 104-93.