Trail Blazers 90, Suns 89

Kerry Eggers, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PORTLAND -- Guard Damian Lillard's layup with 6.5 seconds left lifted Portland to a 90-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at the Moda Center.
It was the fourth straight win for the Trail Blazers (6-2), who trailed by eight points with eight minutes remaining.
The Suns (5-3) had a chance to pull out the win, but guard Eric Bledsoe's driving layup missed and a pair of tip-ins failed to go down.
Forward Thomas Robinson came off the bench to lead Portland (56-3) with 15 points to go with eight rebounds. It was a rough shooting night for Portland's top two scorers, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Aldridge finished with 12 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Lillard, who had 11 points, was 4 for 13 from the field.
Center Robin Lopez collected 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot only .417 from the field and equalled their season-high with 17 turnovers.
Bledsoe led Phoenix with 23 points.
Phoenix extended a two-point halftime lead to 68-59 before Mo Williams banked in a desperation 3-pointer from the top at the buzzer, drawing Portland to within 68-62 entering the fourth quarter.
The Suns were on top 77-69 when Portland used a 9-0 run to jump in front 78-77 with 6:40 to play. PJ Tucker snapped the Phoenix drought with a jump shot to push the Suns back ahead 79-78, and the teams exchanged leads four times over the next three minutes.
Wesley Mathews' trey with 2:04 to go cut Phoenix's advantage to 87-86. Lopez's tip-in gave Portland the lead back at 88-87 with 1:38 remaining.
Plumlee scored on a layup with 51 seconds to go to push the Suns back in front 89-88.
After a timeout with 11.3 seconds left, Lillard scored a layup off a high pick-and-roll to give the Blazers a 90-89 lead, setting up the final dramatics at the other end.
NOTES: Phoenix G Goran Dragic was in the starting lineup after missing the Suns' Tuesday practice session to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's son, Mateo. Dragic, who missed the Suns' previous three games with a sprained ankle, had 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a 104-91 season-opening victory over Portland. ... Phoenix, which averages an NBA-best 23.3 fast-break points a game, had 31 in the first meeting with the Blazers. ... The Suns began the night ranked fifth in the league in scoring defense (96.0) and sixth in opponents' field-goal percentage (.430). "Everybody talks about how much they go up and down the court on the offensive end, but they're doing a terrific job defensively," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "They're doing it with energy and focus." ... When the Suns (5-2) traded veteran C Marcin Gortat before the regular season began, it was assumed the organization was "tanking" the season to position itself for a lottery pick in the draft. "That's what they say," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "I told the guys earlier in the season, 'You'll hear that, but you won't hear that from coaches and you know you're not going to hear it from players.' We're all too competitive for that. We're happy with how it's started. but we feel we can still play better."

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