CJ McCollum leads the Portland Trail Blazers to victory over Miami Heat

PA Sport Staff
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CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 57 points to get the Portland Trail Blazers across the line against the Miami Heat.

McCollum single-handedly kept Portland in the game in the early stages, scoring 21 of his 35 points in the first quarter.

He then tagged in his front-court partner to see the result home, with Lillard sinking free throws at the death to clinch the tight 125-122 victory.

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Tyler Herro scored 29 points for Miami in a losing effort – the Heat’s fifth in a row.

A late scoring explosion from Alec Burks propelled the New York Knicks to a 106-102 win over the Washington Wizards.

Burks sparked the Knicks to a 39-point fourth quarter after New York trailed by 17 mid-way through the third.

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RJ Barrett added 24 for New York, while Bradley Beal top-scored for Washington with 24.

The Philadelphia 76ers overcame Dwight Howard’s early ejection to down the Los Angeles Lakers 109-101.

In the absence of their two primary players in Howard and Joel Embiid, the Sixers relied on the hot hand of Danny Green to claim their fourth straight win.

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De’Aaron Fox went off for 44 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 141-119 demolition of the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors struggled without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, with Fox’s career-high performance resigning them to three losses on the trot.

And the Los Angeles Clippers regained third spot in the Western Conference on the back of a gritty 98-85 win against the San Antonio Spurs.