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Damian Lillard's clutch shooting is the latest reason whythe Portland Trail Blazers own the best record in the NBA.A meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves may not requiresuch heroics.Lillard and the Trail Blazers hope to make things a loteasier on themselves Wednesday night when they try to continue their dominanceof the Timberwolves.Portland (22-4) is on the cusp of sweeping a four-game roadtrip with a sixth straight win after Lillard hit a go-ahead 3 with 0.4 secondsleft in Tuesday's 119-116 victory at Cleveland. That came two days after the2013 NBA Rookie of the Year connected on a fadeaway jumper as time expired tocinch a 111-109 overtime win at Detroit.Lillard's performances went well beyond the clutch shooting,totaling 59 points over the last two games. That includes a season-high 36points with 10 assists and eight rebounds against the Cavaliers, while hisdecisive 3 was his career-best eighth of the contest."There is no explaining it," coach Terry Stottssaid. "Damian had it going, so we ran it through him."That may only continue since Lillard averaged 23.3 points on54.5 percent from the floor - 9 for 20 from beyond the arc - while helping theTrail Blazers win all four meetings with Minnesota (12-13) last season.Portland has dominated the Timberwolves, winning 21 of thepast 23 matchups - 10 of 11 at Minnesota. The Blazers have won five straightoverall in the series, averaging 106.6 points.LaMarcus Aldridge has been limited to 19.0 points - morethan four below his season average - and 8.8 rebounds during that run. Hescored 17 in a 109-94 home win March 2.The forward, though, seems poised for an increase inproduction since he's averaging 25.6 points and 14.8 boards during Portland'sfive-game overall win streak.Minnesota is looking to bounce back from Monday's 101-97loss at Boston, and showing improvement from the field would certainly help.The Timberwolves shot 37.8 percent from the floor - 8 for 29 from long range -against the Celtics.Kevin Love is averaging 33.0 points over the past threegames, but he was partly responsible for the latest struggles. He made 9 of 26field goals while missing 9 of 11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 pointsand 14 rebounds Monday."I shot the ball good, it just didn't go in," Lovesaid. "It was that way for all of our team. ... We shot the ball prettybad the whole game. We beat that team the majority of the time we playthem."Love, who will likely find himself matched up with Aldridge,averages 30.3 points while sinking 9 of 21 from 3-point range over his lastfour meetings with the Blazers. However, he missed the past three due to abroken hand.Corey Brewer is averaging 12.9 points, but just 7.3 over thepast three games. He had a season-low four points while going 1 for 8 from thefloor in Boston.

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Video: Damian Lillard hits second game-winner this week

Damian Lillard did it again Tuesday night. The second-year guard hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lillard hit a game-winner against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday as well. Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while dropping in 36 points against the Cavaliers. On Sunday the 2013 NBA Rookie...

Lillard's 3 lifts Blazers to 119-116 win at Cavs

Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 36 points. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year also had a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give Portland a 111-109 overtime victory over Detroit on Sunday...

Video: Damian Lillard Hits Second Consecutive Game-Winner

  Damian Lillard hits game-winner Credit: nikk_la @ With the game tied at 116 a piece with 7.1 seconds left on the game clock, Damian Lillard buried a long three-pointer with the Cavs defense draped all over him. The Portland Trail Blazers moved to a 22-4 season record after Tuesday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-116. Lillard was unstoppable, scoring...

Damian Lillard hits another buzzer beater for Blazers win over Cavs

The Portland Trailblazers have been the surprise of the NBA season. Following a buzzer beating win in overtime on Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons, the Blazers were back at it Tuesday, facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This game went down to the wire too and once again, Blazers point guard, Damian Lillard hits a last second shot to give the Blazers the win.  ...

Damian Lillard hits game-winning three-pointer to sink Cavaliers

Folks, I might sound crazy saying this but Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard might be currently the best closer in the NBA. Earlier tonight, he hit another game-winner to sink the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. With less than 8 second left, Damian was being guarded by Alonso Gee and hit the spot-up three pointer with only 0.4 seconds left in the game: ***...

Damian Lillard hits buzzer beater in OT for Blazers win over Pistons

The Portland Trailblazers luck continues. The Blazers defeated the Detroit Pistons in overtime Sunday. Last season’s “Rookie of the Year” Damian Lillard didn’t have a great game but was magical in overtime, scoring eight points including this game winning buzzer beater. Next up for the Blazers, Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavs.

Damian Lillard Sinks Game-Winning 3 To Beat Cavs (Video)

Trail Blazers’ guard Damian Lillard is on a roll. For the second consecutive game he nailed the game winning shot. This time it was against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Portland is now 22-4 and has the best record in the league.

Wolves show promise with impressive victory over Portland

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after the final horn Wednesday, Damian Lillard was lighting up the Timberwolves. The Trail Blazers point guard heaved a frustrated, whimsical and ultimately meaningless shot from behind half-court just after the fourth-quarter buzzer. Like so many of his low-odds-looking tries lately, it easily fell through the rim. It didn't count, and even if it had, Minnesota...

Lillard hits another Game Winner

Damian Lillard is the hottest player in the NBA, and last night he hit another game winner. See the game before Lillard also hit another game winner. Check out his three below that gave the TrailBlazers the win over the Cavs. Follow me on twitter @ScottBasketball!/ScottBasketballAlso like the Roundballchat site on facebook.!/pages...

Trail Blazers-Timberwolves Preview

Damian Lillard's clutch shooting is the latest reason why the Portland Trail Blazers own the best record in the NBA. A meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves may not require such heroics. Lillard and the Trail Blazers hope to make things a lot easier on themselves Wednesday night when they try to continue their dominance of the Timberwolves. Portland (22-4) is on the cusp...


Rip-peat: Lillard gives the screwface as teammate Nicolas Batum mobs him after second straight night of heroics. Tuesday night’s battle between the Blazers and Cavs at the Q featured a match-up of premier point guards in KYRIE IRVING and DAMIAN LILLARD and although Irving showed out with 25 points and 10 dimes, it was the Lillard East Coast ‘world score’ that once again proved...

Damian Lillard hits game-winner again to lift Blazers over Cavs

Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Damian Lillard hits game-winner for Blazers

Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. “That was cold-blooded,” Cleveland guard Dion Waiters said. “We knew Lillard was getting the ball. That was a big-time shot.” Lillard scored 36 points, making a career-high eight 3-pointers.  The 2013 NBA Rookie of the...

Why the Portland Trailblazers Have 0% Chance of Making NBA Finals

Portland Trail Blazers NBA Finals 2013 chances are slim and none. The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a great start this year mostly due to their tag team of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Aldridge is currently averaging 23.5 PPG and 10.6 RPG, while Lillard is averaging 20.1 PPG and 5.6 APG. Contributions from Wesley Matthews(16.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG), Nicholas Batum(13.6 PPG,...
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