LIL­LARD SCORES 49, PRO­PELS BLAZ­ERS IN PLAY­OFF PUSH

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mi­ami» Damian Lil­lard scored a sea­son-high 49 points, 28 of them com­ing af­ter half­time and the Trail Blaz­ers beat the Heat 115-104.

Lil­lard tied a ca­reer high with nine 3-point­ers, giv­ing him 1,002 for his ca­reer. He shot 14 for 21 from the field, 9 for 12 from 3point range and made all 12 of his free throws.

Jusef Nur­kic added 21 points and 12 re­bounds for Portland (32-37), which moved within a game of idle Denver for the No. 8 spot in the West­ern Con­fer­ence. C.J. McCol­lum scored 18 points and Noah Von­leh added 11 for the Trail Blaz­ers.

James John­son scored 24 points for Mi­ami, which lost for just the sec­ond time in its last 17 home games. The Heat (34-36) missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this sea­son.

SUN­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Anthony Davis had 28 points and 12 re­bounds, and the Pel­i­cans beat the Tim­ber­wolves 123-109. DeMar­cus Cousins added 15 points and 11 re­bounds in his re­turn from a one-game ab­sence be­cause of left knee and rib sore­ness. … Kyrie Irv­ing scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cava­liers ral­lied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter to edge the last-place Lak­ers, 125-120. Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 re­bounds. … Robert Cov­ing­ton made the goa­head 3-pointer late in the fourth quar­ter to lead the 76ers toa 105-99 win over the Celtics. Dario Saric scored key bas­kets to ex­tend the lead and bol­ster his bid for Rookie of the Year. Saric scored 23 points and helped rally the Six­ers from a 13-point hole in the third. … Pau Ga­sol scored 22 points, LaMar­cus Aldridge added 18 and the Spurs rolled to a 118-102 victory over the Kings. Kawhi Leonard had 12 points in 27 min­utes, sit­ting out the fourth quar­ter af­ter the Spurs led by as many as 28 points. … DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in three quar­ters, and all five Toronto starters were in dou­ble fig­ures as the Rap­tors beat the Pac­ers 116-91. DeRozan added four as­sists and three re­bounds. … Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 23 points and the Pis­tons over­came a slug­gish per­for­mance for the much of the game, fi­nally pulling away from the Suns for a 112-95 victory. … Dirk Now­itzki had 23 points and nine re­bounds, J.J. Barea scored 20 and the Mav­er­icks beat the Nets 111-104. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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