Damian Lillard explodes for 51 as Portland blow out the Warriors - Friday night round-up

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Damian Lillard produced the biggest performance of his career as the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the Golden State Warriors with a 137-105 blowout win. 

The point guard shot 18-of-28 from the field, including nine from deep as he finished with 51 points and seven assists to hand the defending champions their fifth loss of the season.

Lillard's backcourt teammate C.J. McCollum scored 21 as Portland's starting guards outscored the Warriors' 71-54. 

Stephen Curry finished with 31 points, shooting 52 percent and Klay Thompson ended the night with 23. Draymond Green had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it was all about Lillard at the Moda Center.


Future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant faced each other for the final time at the Staples Center as the San Antonio Spurs left Los Angeles with the win.

Duncan scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds for the Spurs as Tony Parker's 25 points and six assists led them to a 119-113 win over the franchise bottom of the Western Conference.

Bryant led the scoring for the Lakers with 25 and was supported by 21 from Louis Williams, and 20 from Jordan Clarkson, but they could not stop San Antonio moving one game closer to the Warriors. 


The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their sixth home loss of the season as they were beaten 101-98 by the Indiana Pacers. 

Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 18 assists while Kevin Durant scored 31 on 50 percent shooting, but the rest of the Thunders roster struggled for any kind of form; Dion Waiters failed to score off six field goal attempts.

Paul George, fresh off the back of his 41 points in the All-Star game, scored 22 and provided 10 assists. Monta Ellis top-scored for the Pacers with 27 on 10-of-16 from the field. 

Indiana now has a 29-25 record while the Thunder are 40-15.


Doug McDermott inspired the Chicago Bulls to a 10 point win over second placed Eastern Conference rivals the Toronto Raptors. 

McDermott came off the bench to shoot the lights out at United Center as he finished with a career-high 30 points, shooting 76.5 percent as the Bulls won 116-106. 

Without the injured Jimmy Butler, backcourt partner Derrick Rose poured in 26 and Pau Gasol pulled down 11 boards to go with his 18 points. 

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both surpassed 20 points for the Raptors as they finished with 27 and 22, respectively. Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas also had 25. 

But it was the performance of Doug 'McBuckets' that stole the show in Chicago to keep the Bulls eighth in the East.


After remaining in Houston past the trade deadline, Dwight Howard helped the Rockets to a win on their return to action after the All-Star break.

Howard scored 15 points in 30 minutes of play as the Rockets won 116-100 to hand the Phoenix Suns their tenth consecutive defeat.

James Harden was the highest scorer with 27, 14 of those coming from the charity stripe, and Trevor Ariza chipped in with 25. 

For the Suns, who are plummeting down the Western Conference, Mirza Teletovic led the way with 25 but their starting five combined for just 47 points.


Luol Deng helped the Miami Heat find a way to win without 11-time All-Star Chris Bosh, who did not travel to Atlanta, and Dwyane Wade. 

The Brit scored 30 points for the Heat as they won 115-111 and moved a game closer to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. Josh McRoberts and Goran Dragic scored 19 and 17, respectively.

Jeff Teague scored 23 for the Hawks and All-Star reserve Paul Millsap had a double-double of 13 rebounds and 12 points but Atlanta lost their tenth home game of the season.

Deng also finished the night with 11 boards as he produced a brilliant performance in the absences of Miami's star men.


First-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas could not prevent the Boston Celtics falling to a defeat as they fell 111-93 to the Utah Jazz.

Thomas scored 25 points and had six assists but only shot just 36.8 percent from the field. 

Forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors led the way for Utah who remain ninth in the West, level with eight placed Houston.

Favors shot 64.3 percent to finish with 23 points to go with his 10 assists. Hayward picked up nine points from the free throw line as his scored 22. The Jazz are now 8-2 in their previous 10 games. 


The Memphis Grizzlies improved to a 32-22 record thanks to Mike Conley's 25 points and seven assists at the FedEx Forum. 

Zach Randolph ended the night with 17 points as the Grizzlies overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-104.

All-Star weekend winners Zach LaVine, who won the Slam Dunk Contest, had 22 points and Karl Anthony-Towns, who became the first big man to win the skills challenge, won 15 rebounds and ended with 11 points. 

New faces in Memphis, Chris Andersen, and P.J Hairston were getting used to their new surroundings following trade moves and combined for the 18 minutes of action. Birdman scored four and Hairston, two.


The Orlando Magic picked up their 15th home win with a 110-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Slam Dunk Contest phenomenon Aaron Gordon had 11 boards. 

Chandler Parsons scored 24 for Dallas and Deron Williams had 25, but the Mavericks left Orlando with nothing.


In the battle of New York, the Brooklyn Nets came out on top as Brook Lopez dominated his brother Robin.

Brook finished with 33 points to lead the scoring in Brooklyn and 22 points from Carmelo Anthony and 18 from Kristaps Porzingis could not stop the Knicks taking the loss.


The Charlotte Hornets took their winning streak to four games as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-95.

Kemba Walker top-scored for the playoff-chasing Hornets with 25 and Cody Zeller supported him with 23. 

Jabari Parker finished with 23 for the Bucks but the Eastern Conference franchise are now third bottom in the Conference with a 22-33 record. 


The Washington Wizard overcame the Detroit Pistons as they limited the Motor City franchise to just 86 points. 

John Wall had 22 for the Wizards and Tobias Harris led the way for Detroit on his first appearance with 21 but Washington won 98-86.


The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Philadelphia 76ers 121-114 courtesy of 34 from Anthony Davis. Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson scored 24 and 26 off the bench.

Nerlens Noel's 24 was the leading score for the 76ers.


DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points and 20 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets. Cousins scored 12 of his points from the charity stripe.

Danilo Gallinari had 27 for the Nuggets who are 22-33 in the West.

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