The Portland Trail Blazers (3-6) fell to the Brooklyn Nets (4-5) in front of a sold out Moda Center on Friday night. Despite Damian Lillard’s heroic 60 points, Portland couldn’t outlast the Nets. First Quarter Lillard carried the Blazers through a painful opening period, scoring 11 points on 5-9 shooting.
Second Quarter Portland’s shooting struggles continued in the second quarter—other than Lillard. Gary Trent Jr. and rookie Nassir Little got some valuable minutes, but Portland still took a five-point deficit into the half. Dame time came early in the second, giving us two classic step-back highlights as the half concluded. Portland’s leader finished with 26 points in the first half. Third Quarter Dame’s dominance continued in the third, but so did Brooklyn’s success.
The Nets took a three-point lead into the fourth. Other third-quarter notes include Jusuf Nurkic growing out his hair, Dinwiddie scoring 15 points in a row for Brooklyn, and a HUGE putback dunk from Skal Labissiere. Fourth Quarter Nassir Little opened the fourth with an emphatic dunk over Nicholas Claxton. Dinwiddie earned his 31st point with 10 minutes remaining. Dame’s 50th point finally gave the Blazers the lead with 7:31 to go. Terry Stotts elected to keep Little in the game for an injured Rodney Hood.
Little fouled Kyrie on a drive to the basket with 3:29 remaining. Stotts challenged the and-one but it was upheld. Portland couldn’t stop Brooklyn’s scoring in crunch time, and offensive misunderstandings defined the last few possessions of the game for the Trail Blazers. Dame fought until the bitter end. He was fouled on three straight possessions. Irving iced the game on an isolation play against Anfernee Simons, fading away for a short two.
Dame sunk a three as late as he could to get to 60.