Lillard and Nurkic lift Trail Blazers over Nets

Final score was 127-125

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New York, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. The Trail Blazers defeated the Nets 127-125. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

NEW YORK (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 34, Jusuf Nurkic added 29, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a six-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to edge the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Friday.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) attempts a pass as Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in New York, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Portland trailed 121-115 with 2:20 left after former Trail Blazers’ guard Allen Crabbe floater. The Trail Blazers then scored the next eight points, capped by Shabbaz Nappier three-point play with 55 seconds left. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie then evened it 123 before Nurkic’s three-point play with 27 seconds left put Portland up for good, 126-123.

CJ McCollum chipped in 26 for the Trail Blazers, who found themselves down by 11 in the first quarter in a post-Thanksgiving noon tip.

Dinwiddie had 23 for the Nets, who have lost three straight games – the previous two to the defending champions, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brooklyn had six other players score in double-figures, including Rondae-Hollis Jefferson had 17. Sean Kilpatrick added 14 and Joe Harris scored 14.


Trail Blazers: Reserve forward Al-Farouq Aminu remained out again with a sprained right ankle he suffered during a game Nov. 1. He’s missed his last 10 games.

Nets: DeMarre Carroll, Tyler Zeller and Trevor Booker each had 10 points for the Nets.


Portland’s noon start at Brooklyn was the first of two on their regular-season schedule. They’ll tip-off again at noon at Boston on Feb. 4 – the second game of a three-game Eastern Conference road trip.


McCollum made 10 of 19 shots to rebound from Wednesday’s dreadful shooting performance at Philadelphia, in which he went 1 for 14 from the field, scoring five points.


Trail Blazers: Continue their five-game road trip at Washington on Saturday.

Nets: Visit Memphis on Monday, the first of three games on the road.