Damian Lillard leads Portland Trail Blazer past Detroit Pistons late Saturday night, 117-112
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 117-112 Saturday night for their third straight win.
Al-Farouq Aminu scored 22 points, including nine points in the fourth quarter as the Portland rallied from a six-point deficit.
Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 27 points and six assists.
After trailing by as many as 11, Detroit rallied. Griffin was a steadying force, leading the Pistons with 16 first-half points. Luke Kennard added 13 points and five assists off the bench.
The Pistons carried a 92-89 lead into the fourth quarter. Reggie Jackson was the spark for Detroit, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the third period.
A layup by Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic tied the game at 109 with 1:48 left. The Trail Blazers made a defensive stop and Lillard converted a four-point play for a 113-109 lead with 1:37 left.