The winning streak continued for the Portland Trail Blazers that were imposed by the Phoenix Suns 96-93 and managed the fifth consecutive triumph.
Rookie guard Damian Lillard spearheaded the attack of the Trail Blazers (13-12) to provide 25 points, including 18 in the second quarter, and seven assists, while to the pivot J.J. Hickson got a double-double in as many 19 and 15 rebounds, in what was his seventh followed by party manages to double digits.
The power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who returned to the team, had 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The Serbian guard Sasha Pavolic and Lillard scored pointers that allowed the Trail Blazers to be part of 92-85, which would be decisive.
Although the Suns tried to force overtime after they failed in the final seconds, the basis Slovenian Goran Dragic missed a triple, and guard Shannon Brown one shot.
The Spanish rookie forward Victor Claver played his best basketball since he’s been with the Trail Blazers to contribute seven points in the 15 minutes he played. Claver scored April 3 field goals, including the only three that tried and captured four rebounds, three were defensive-that left him as the team’s sixth man.
The pivot Polish Marcin Gortat again led the attack of the Suns to get 18 points and nine rebounds, but not enough to avoid defeat when, first suffered the Phoenix team in the last five games between the two have been confused equipment.
The Suns (11-16), who came to be up 12 points in the first half, they could not keep and eventually charged with another loss. The Argentine power forward Luis Scola followed with the Suns owner and contributed six points in the 19 minutes he played, scoring September 3 field goals, missed a triple, not the personal line, captured four rebounds, three assists and recovered a ball.