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Damian Lillard scored a season-high 60 points, including nine 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 134-124 on Wednesday night.
Lillard tied for the second most in the NBA this season. Donovan Mitchell scored 71 in an overtime game for Cleveland against Chicago on Jan. 3, and Luka Doncic scored 60 in Dallas’ win over New York on Dec. 27.
Jerami Grant added 19 points to help Portland win its second straight game.
Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 24 points. He had a layup followed by a layup with 5:20 remaining that put Utah up 115-108.
Grant and Anfernee Simons had back-to-back dunks to put Portland up 121-110 and the Blazers led comfortably the rest of the way.
When Lillard got to the free throw line late in the game, the home crowd rose and chanted “MVP! “MVP!” Lillard missed a jump shot with 29.1 seconds left that would have made it 61 best of his career.
Lillard has four career games of 60 points or more. He has reached the age of 61 twice.
After struggling for much of January, the Blazers were coming off a morale-boosting 147-127 win over San Antonio on Monday.
Lillard had 26 points in the first half, hitting six 3s.
Lillard finished 21-of-29 from the field, 9-of-15 on 3-pointers and 9-of-10 from the line. He also had eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
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