Tuesday night game round-up: Trail Blazers win to earn sixth consecutive victory

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 34 points as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 112-104 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Lillard became the first player to score at least 30 points in five straight games for Portland since Geoff Petrie in the franchise's inaugural 1970-71 season. McCollum added six assists and five rebounds.

The game was tied before McCollum and Lillard hit consecutive three-pointers to make it 107-101 with 1:25 left. Lillard sealed the win with four free throws in the last 26.4 seconds.

Mason Plumlee added 13 rebounds as Portland (30-27) won for the 11th time in 12 games to move into a tie with idle Dallas for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Brook Lopez had 36 points and 10 boards for Brooklyn (15-42), which has lost three of four. Joe Johnson had 19 points and eight rebounds.


WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, helping the Washington Wizards beat Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, which pulled away in the second half of its season-high fourth straight home win. Jared Dudley scored 18 points on six three-pointers and helped hold Davis in check after his monster game at Detroit.

Wall was five for 17 from the field in his second triple-double of the season and fifth of his career. He also had two steals in 31.5 minutes.

Davis grabbed 20 more rebounds, but was held to just nine points on three-for-nine shooting. The All-Star forward had 59 points and 20 rebounds in an 111-106 victory against the Pistons on Sunday.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points and seven assists for New Orleans, which had won four of five.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Utah Jazz defeated the Houston Rockets in a game with significant playoff implications.

The victory moved the Jazz into the number eight spot in the Western Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of the Rockets.

The first tiebreaker for a two-way tie is a head-to-head winning percentage. The Rockets fell to 2-1 against the Jazz this season.

James Harden scored 42 points for Houston, and Jason Terry hit a tying three-pointer with 10.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

Rodney Hood made a three over Dwight Howard with 51.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz an 115-112 lead. Harden followed with a layup, but Derrick Favors' putback pushed the margin to 117-114 with 11.8 seconds to go.


DENVER (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points for the Sacramento Kings, including the go-ahead free throws with 48.3 seconds left.

Cousins came up big down the stretch, scoring eight of the final 13 points for the Kings, who blew a 17-point lead in the second half before rallying at the finish.

The All-Star center stole the ball from D.J. Augustin and was fouled on his way to the basket. He made both free throws to give the Kings a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Cousins preserved the win by stripping the ball away from Darrell Arthur in the final seconds.

The Denver Nuggets had eight players score in double figures in their fourth loss in five games. Will Barton scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

MAGIC 124, 76ERS 115

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 35 points against his former team, leading the Orlando Magic to the road win.

Vucevic, drafted 16th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011, also had nine rebounds in a "must-win" game according to coach Scott Skiles as the Magic try to gain ground in pursuit of their first playoff berth in four years. Vucevic was 13 for 21 from the field and nine for nine at the line.

Victor Oladipo added 22 points for the Magic, who return home on Thursday to host the NBA-best Golden State Warriors.

Ish Smith scored 22 points and Jahlil Okafor had 17 for the NBA-worst 76ers, who dropped to 8-48 with their fifth straight loss.

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