WASHINGTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 32 points, Gary Trent Jr. added 26 while hitting seven three-pointers and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers held on for a 132-121 victory over the Washington Wizards yesterday.
Enes Kanter had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which improved to 2-2 on its six-game road trip. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points off the bench and Robert Covington added 19 for the Blazers.
Interim starter Nassir Little was also out with a sprained left knee, and even Lillard indicated afterward he was dealing with an abdominal ailment.
“We’ve been having guys dropping left and right, dealing with a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’ve been dealing with some nagging things myself, where coming into tonight, I felt like I could barely move out there to start the game.
“I was pushing and fighting that the whole game, because I knew how important this one was for our season.”
Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Washington, the only NBA team without five victories this season.
Bradley Beal scored 37 points and Rui Hachimura added 24 for the Wizards, who were attempting to record consecutive wins for just the second time.