Damian Lillard scored 42 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 134-133 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night near Orlando to clinch the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a berth in the play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Following games of 51 and 61 points, Lillard helped Portland (35-39) clinch by scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer from the edge of the NBA logo at halfcourt.
Rayjon Tucker comes off the bench to score 18 points and grab 2 boards to lead Utah past San Antonio.
When I was playing as a kid for lollipops — that was the first thing that ever got me on a court — I played because I loved that game. And I’ve loved it ever since. I’m not playing, like you said, for stats or for numbers or the history books.