Damian Lillard shone as the Portland Trail Blazers racked up their sixth win on the bounce against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
The Nets trailed 68-49 early in the third before charging back for an 89-88 lead with 9:21 to play in the game. However, Portland eventually ran out 112-104 victors.
Lillard became the first player to score at least 30 points in five straight games for the Trail Blazers since Geoff Petrie in the franchise’s inaugural 1970-71 season. The former Weber State student is also the first player to achieve this feat this season.
Elsewhere in the NBA on Tuesday evening, James Harden led all scorers with 42 points in the game between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz but it was not enough to earn his side the ‘W’ as Gordon Hayward and the Jazz spoiled his big night by claiming an important 117-114 overtime victory.
DeMarcus Cousins almost singled handedly beat the Denver Nuggets with a combination of clutch steals and a tally of 39 points. The final score was 114-110 in favour of the Sacramento Kings.
The Washington Wizards were careful not to grant New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis another wild scoring frenzy. Washington guard John Wall notched his second triple-double of the season as his side smothered Davis in a 109-89 triumph.
Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 35 points and guard Victor Oladipo added 22 as the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-115.