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Lillard three keeps Blazers on top of NBA

By Chris Pike
18 December 2013 07:08PM EST

PORTLAND maintained its NBA-best record with Damian Lillard nailing a buzzer-beating three to give the Blazers a thrilling win over the Cleveland Cavs in Tuesday night action.

There were just the five matches in the NBA on Tuesday night with Charlotte beating Sacramento 95-87, Portland downing Cleveland 119-116 in a thriller, the Lakers beating Memphis 96-92, Oklahoma City beating Denver 105-93 and Golden State downing New Orleans 104-93.

Charlotte scored a solid eight-point win over Sacramento at home on Tuesday with the Bobcats' defence again outstanding.

Charlotte held Sacramento to just 87 points which is the 21st time they have held an opponent to less than 100 points this season, the most in the NBA.

Guard duo Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson again led the way for the Bobcats with Walker finishing with 24 points and five assists, and Henderson 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Ramon Sessions added 16 points and six assists off the bench for Charlotte with Al Jefferson also finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Sacramento centre DeMarcus Cousins finished with 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists with Isaiah Thomas adding 21 points and four assists.

New King Rudy Gay struggled with just four points and three rebounds on shooting 1-of-6 from the field.

Portland maintained its NBA-best 22-4 record with a win over the Cavs in Cleveland, but only because of a Damian Lillard three-pointer with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock.

That gave the Blazers the three-point victory and Lillard was the star all night long finishing with 36 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds while nailing 8-of-12 from three-point range.

LaMarcus Aldridge also continued his remarkable season for the Trail Blazers with 26 points, 15 rebounds and four assists.

Wesley Matthews also scored 19 points for Portland and Nicolas Batum 14 to go with his nine rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the way for Cleveland with 25 points and 10 assists with Dion Waiters adding 25 points and five assists off the bench.

Tristan Thompson also had 15 points and seven boards for the Cavaliers, Andrew Bynum 13 points and nine rebounds and Jarrett Jack 12 points and five boards.

Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova played almost 10 minutes and finished with three points, two rebounds and two assists.

The Lakers then pulled off a four-point victory in Memphis over the Grizzlies with Kobe Bryant leading the way as point guard with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and shooting 9-of-18 from the floor.

Centre Pau Gasol also had 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lakers on the back of shooting 9-of-12 from the field.

Nick Young added 18 points off the bench with Jodie Meeks also scoring 13.

Zach Randolph top-scored for the Grizzlies with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists while Tony Allen scored 16 points, Jerryd Bayless 13, Jon Leuer 13 and Nick Calathes 10.

Oklahoma City continued its hot form with a 12-point win in Denver over the Nuggets to see the Thunder improve to a 20-4 record which is the best opening to a season since the franchise then known as the Seattle Supersonics opened 1993/94 going 21-3 after 24 matches.

Kevin Durant once again led the way for Oklahoma City with 30 points and six rebounds while his partner in crime Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Serge Ibaka finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

JJ Hickson top-scored for the Nuggets with 20 points and 14 rebounds while point guard Ty Lawson had 17 points and 13 assists.

Wilson Chandler scored 13 points, Kenneth Faried 13 and Nate Robinson 12.

Golden State then returned to the winner's list with a solid 11-point win in Oakland over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stephen Curry led the way with 28 points and 12 assists while power forward David Lee had 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Klay Thompson scored 16 points and had six assists for the Warriors with Marreese Speights adding 12.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut had a solid night with eight points, 10 rebounds and shooting 4-of-5 from the field.

Ryan Anderson top-scored for the Pelicans with 21 points and six rebounds while Jason Smith had 12 points, Jrue Holiday 11, Austin Rivers 11 and Al-Farouq Aminu 10.

NBA Results Tuesday December 17
Sacramento Kings (7-16) 87 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (11-14) 95
Portland Trail Blazers (22-4) 119 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (9-15) 116
LA Lakers (12-13) 96 defeated Memphis Grizzlies (10-14) 92
Oklahoma City Thunder (20-4) 105 defeated Denver Nuggets (14-10) 93
New Orleans Pelicans (11-12) 93 lost to Golden State Warriors (14-12) 104

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