PHOENIX (AP) — Damian Lillard wasn’t concerned when officials went to video review over his potential tying layup with 26 seconds left. Either he’d be called for a charge, or the Suns’ Aron Baynes would be called for a block.
“I knew it was a block,” Lillard said. “He was moving underneath.”
Sure enough, Baynes was called for the foul and the layup counted. Lillard converted the ensuing free throw for a three-point play, the Blazers put together a final defensive stand and Portland escaped with a 111-110 win over the Suns yesterday.
CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field while Lillard added 27 points.
Portland led for most of the fourth quarter, but Phoenix pulled ahead 110-108 with 32 seconds left when Kelly Oubre Jr converted a four-point play. He took an inbound pass from Ricky Rubio and nailed a turnaround three-pointer while being fouled, then hit the free throw.
On the next possession, Lillard drove straight through the lane and made a layup while crashing into Baynes. Lillard made the free throw and Phoenix couldn’t score on its final possession as Rubio’s three-point attempt bounced off the rim with two seconds left.
“There’s a lot of opinions in there, but if I would have made the shot, we would’ve won the game,” Rubio said.