Lillard hits 50 to save Blazers

Damian Lillard made two complimentary tosses with 1.2 seconds left to cap a season-best 50- point effort as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 17- point, fourth-quarter deficit to post a dramatic 125-124 house win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tuesday night’s NBA outcomes

Utah Jazz 117 – 109 Boston Celtics
Atlanta Hawks 119 – 107 Houston Rockets
Cleveland Cavaliers 98 – 113 Miami Heat
New York City Knicks 96 – 99 Philadelphia 76 ers
Oklahoma City Thunder 102 – 123 Chicago Bulls
New Orleans Pelicans 124 – 125 Portland Trail Sports Jackets
Minnesota Timberwolves 121 – 137 Los Angeles Lakers

New Orleans Pelicans 124 – 125 Portland Path Blazers


AP - New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard


Highlights of the New Orleans Pelicans’ clash with the Portland Path Sports Jackets in Week 13 of the NBA.

He was fouled by Eric Bledsoe prior to making both free-throws to publish his 12 th career 50- point effort.

Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and Williamson included 28 points and a career-best 8 assists for the Pelicans. New Orleans’ Lonzo Ball contributed a career-best 17 helps and scored 11 points.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 points for Portland. Teammate CJ McCollum scored 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes in his return from a fractured left foot. McCollum missed out on the previous 25 games.

Lillard’s winning free throws were set up by Nickell Alexander-Walker (20 points, six 3-pointers) fumbling an inbounds pass out of bounds with 4.2 seconds delegated give the Trail Blazers one swan song.

Portland, that made all 31 of its complimentary throws, routed 117-100 with 5: 56 left prior to making its late dash.

Lillard and Robert Covington sank 3-pointers, Lillard drove for a layup and Trent Jr. included 2 totally free tosses to cut the deficit to seven. Trent Jr. and Lillard added 3-pointers as the Trail Sports jackets pulled within 117-116 with 2: 41 left.

Ingram missed 2 free throws with 7.2 seconds left prior to Lillard was fouled and made both free tosses to bring Portland within one with 5.2 seconds staying.

50 on 20 shots is unreasonable!

— Draymond Green (@Money23 Green) March 17, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers 98 – 113 Miami Heat


AP - Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen and guard Darius Garland (1src)


Emphasizes of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ clash with the Miami Heat in Week 13 of the NBA.

It was Butler’s seventh straight game with at least 27 points.

Miami’s Bam Adebayo, who missed out on 4 straight video games due to a knee injury, returned and scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished six assists in 30 minutes.

Cleveland, which has lost four straight video games, was led by Collin Sexton, who had a team-high 21 points.

AP - Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (src) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (1src)


Highlights of the Utah Jazz’s clash with the Boston Celtics in Week 13 of the NBA.

Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson included 20 off the bench to lead the Utah Jazz to a 117-109 success over the host Boston Celtics.

Rudy Gobert had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Jazz, who swept the season series against Boston. Mike Conley chipped in 17 points and five assists.

Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown included 28 to lead the Celtics.

Daniel Theis had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six helps, while Robert Williams III chipped in 14 points and 9 boards off the bench.

The Celtics made a final push and cut the Jazz lead to 104-101 on a jumper from Brown with 2: 35 remaining. That’s as close as Boston would get in the final minutes. Mitchell buried a 3-pointer and Gobert followed with a pair of free tosses to put Utah up 109-101 with 50.5 seconds left.

New York Knicks 96 – 99 Philadelphia 76 ers


AP - Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a dunk between New York Knicks' Nerlens Noel (3) and Alec Burks (18)


Highlights of the Philadelphia 76 ers’ clash with the New York Knicks in Week 13 of the NBA.

Seth Curry included 20 and Ben Simmons contributed 16 points, 13 rebounds and 7 helps for the Sixers, who made a season-best sixth win in a row.

Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz scored 12 points and Dwight Howard had 11 points, 12 rebounds and three obstructed shots.

The Knicks’ Julius Randle compiled 19 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists.

AP - Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends


Emphasizes of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ clash with the Los Angeles Lakers in Week 13 of the NBA.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards paced the Timberwolves with matching video game highs of 29 points.

James, who had just 3 triple-doubles in his very first 37 video games this season, followed up Monday’s 22- point, 10- rebound, 11- assist effort with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 helps.

AP - LeBron hits 99th triple-double in Lakers win


LeBron James dropped his 99 th triple-double, posting 25 points, 12 helps and 12 rebounds in the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

His career-best run has actually been a three-gamer, put together three times, most recently in November 2019.

With 99 career triple-doubles, James moved within one of ending up being just the fifth in NBA history to reach100 Those who have actually accomplished the milestone ahead of him are Oscar Robertson (181), Russell Westbrook (157), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).

Atlanta Hawks 119 – 107 Houston Rockets


AP - Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives around Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate (8)


Highlights of the Atlanta Hawks’ clash with the Houston Firecrackers in Week 13 of the NBA.

Kevin Huerter included three 3-pointers and scored 16 points while John Collins (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Trae Young (13 points, 14 assists) tape-recorded double-doubles for the Hawks.

Rookie Nathan Knight added 15 points for Atlanta, which extended its season-best win streak to six video games and enhanced to 6-0 under interim coach Nate McMillan.

Victor Oladipo scored 34 points, Kevin Porter Jr. paired 22 points with 8 assists and novice Jae’Sean Tate tallied a career-high 25 points plus six rebounds and 6 assists for Houston.

AP - Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young (21) takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)


Emphasizes of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s clash with the Chicago Bulls in Week 13 of the NBA.

Zach LaVine scored 40 points and Lauri Markkanen added 22 to improve the host Chicago Bulls to a 123-102 thrashing of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

LaVine reached the 40- point plateau for the third time this season, shooting 15- for-20 in just under 31 minutes to finish six points shy of his season high.

AP - Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine


Zach LaVine dropped 40 Points, 4 rebounds and 2 helps as the Chicago Bulls beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Thaddeus Young put together 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bulls. Tomas Satoransky had 13 points and 7 helps, while Wendell Carter Jr. broke in nine points and 9 rebounds.

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