The Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), with Damien Lillard scoring 71 points, defeated the Houston Rockets and continued their challenge to advance to the ‘Play-in Tournament’.
Portland won 131-114 against Houston in the 2022-2023 season NBA regular league home game held at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, USA on the 27th (Korean time).
Thanks to Lillard’s ‘one-man show’, who scored 71 points alone, Portland won in three games.
The 71 points were Lillard’s most in a single game and a Portland team record.
Lillard tied for the most points in a single NBA game this season with Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland), who previously scored 71 points.
Lillard made 13 three-pointers on the day, which is also his personal record and a new Portland club record.
This is also a record that is just one short of the 14 three-pointers in an NBA game set by Klay Thompson in 2018.
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It was Lillard’s fingertips that finished the match.
Lillard put in an exhilarating right handed one-handed dunk that gave Portland a 115-103 lead about six minutes into the fourth quarter.
Afterwards, Lillard broke Houston’s will to pursue by constantly scoring with three points, free throws, and floaters.
Portland, which won thanks to Lillard토토사이트, finished 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 29-31.
The ride with the New Orleans Pelicans, who placed 10th (30-31), the last line to advance to the Play-in Tournament, was reduced to 0.5 games.
Houston, with 13 wins and 47 losses, was at the bottom of the West.
The Denver Nuggets, leading the West, won a thrilling 134-124 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Denver, trailing 117-118 at the end of the fourth quarter, took the lead with Michael Porter Jr., who received a no-look pass with 27 seconds left, scored three points from the right.
After that, Paul George of the Clippers made both free throws, and the game went into overtime.
Denver made it 129-121 in an instant with three consecutive points from Murray and Porter Jr. and a layup from Nikola Jokic, giving a sense of victory.