Damian Lillard scores 15 straight for Blazers in fourth quarter to close out Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Damian Lillard looked up at the clock and saw the Lakers leading the Portland Trail Blazers by double digits in the fourth quarter.
He knew what time it was.
"I am about to try to take this on and bring it home," Lillard said afterward about what he was thinking as the Blazers mounted their comeback.
Portland's All-Star point guard gave the young Lakers a heavy dose of vintage Lillard Time, scoring 19 of his 39 points in the final seven minutes and 39 seconds. He buried four consecutive 3-pointers in less than two furious minutes to help the Blazers overcome an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and stun the Lakers 108-103 at Staples Center.
Lillard's incredible finish included 15 straight points for the Blazers down the stretch.
"I don't marvel at a lot of things, and a lot of things don't really get to me, but today was spectacular," Portland guard Shabazz Napier said.
"What he did in Phoenix, I wasn't so hyped," Napier added, referring to Lillard scoring 40, including the game-winning layup, against the Suns on Feb. 24. "But today I was just like, wow, [during] the game. He took one shot -- he came off the screen with a hand up and at least 10 feet behind that line, he let that go, and I was like, wow."....
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