Portland hosts Denver with 2-1 series lead
Denver Nuggets (54-28, second in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (53-29, third in the Western Conference during the regular season)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum's return and a victory by the Lakers boosted the Trail Blazers on a night they also beat the Nuggets.
Damian Lillard scored 30 points to lead Portland to a...
Lillard, Aminu pace Portland’s blowout win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Damian Lillard says the Portland Trail Blazers are making the best of a tough situation after CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic went down with injuries.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The play of Damian Lillard has been a constant for Portland. It's the contributions by his teammates that have coincided with the Trail Blazers' rise in the...
McCollum leads Trail Blazers in 129-95 rout of 76ers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers weren't concerned about guard C.J. McCollum's recent shooting slump.
McCollum broke out of a six-game funk on Sunday night, hitting 13 of 18 shots in a 35-point performance as the Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95.
In his six previous games, McCollum was 35 percent from the floor, while shooting 16 percent from 3-point range.
Blazers win fourth straight with 100-94 victory over Boston
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Al-Farouq Aminu says he's grateful his teammates trust him in the big moments.
Aminu hit a pair of late 3-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight game, holding off the Boston Celtics 100-94 on Sunday night.
Damian Lillard had 19 points and 12 assists while Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 17 rebounds. The Blazers have won seven of their last eight games.
Wake Forest preview capsule
Last season: 11-20, no postseason.
Nickname: Demon Deacons
Coach: Danny Manning
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Who's gone: Center Doral Moore (NBA), guard Bryant Crawford (overseas), guard Mitchell Wilbekin (graduation) and three transfers — guard Keyshawn Woods, swingman Donovan Mitchell and forward Melo Eggleston.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder could regret this missed opportunity.
CJ McCollum scored 34 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat Oklahoma City 108-105 on Sunday night. Portland doubled its lead to two games over the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.
Harden scored 42 points, including a pair of 3s down the stretch, and the Houston Rockets snapped the Trail Blazers' 13-game winning streak with a 115-111 victory on Tuesday night.
"This doesn't just happen," Harden said about his shot from distance. "I am constantly working on it every day, every single day. I am trying to get better and improve. I'm still doing that."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 23 points and CJ McCollum added 21 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their 13th straight victory, 122-109 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Portland's dynamic guard duo led five Blazers players in double-figures, with Maurice Harkless scoring 21 points, Jusuf Nurkic 17 along with 12 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu adding 16 points.
Sharp-shooting Lillard gets 31 points, Blazers beat Mavs
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard tried to make a final statement as the NBA All-Star roster deadline nears.
The Portland guard hit his first nine shots — including seven 3-pointers — and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.
McCollum scores 20 and Trail Blazers beat the Hawks 110-89
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard believes Portland's offense is finally finding a flow after an early season focus on defense.
McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls 124-120 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) — If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he won't hesitate to take it.
McCollum proved it Monday night when he scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120.
Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Magic, 95-88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers quietly have been one of the best defensive teams in the NBA this season, something they have reminded opponents of the last two games.
Portland limited Orlando to 38.6 percent shooting and made enough plays in the final minute to hold on for a 95-88 victory on Friday night.
Damian Lillard led the winners with 21 points and C.J. McCollum had 20. Al-Farouq Aminu added 15 points and Jusuf Nurkic had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Layman leads Blazers over Maccabi Haifa 129-81
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jake Layman scored 24 points and Archie Goodwin added 23 for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 129-81 exhibition victory over Maccabi Haifa on Friday night.
Portland rested starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but center Jusuf Nurkic played 12 minutes and had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Josh Smith, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, led Haifa with 17 points and six rebounds.
A pair of Triangle talents went in the top 10 of the NBA Draft Thursday as the ACC set a conference record with 10 first round draft picks. In all, 14 players from nine different ACC schools were selected.
Duke forward Jayson Tatum was selected No. 3 overall by the Boston Celtics and NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. was taken No. 9 overall by the Dallas Mavericks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers know their margin for error is as thin as it could be. On Saturday night, their 3-point precision reflected that urgency.
CJ McCollum scored 31 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Brooklyn Nets 130-116 on Saturday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers huddled in a timeout with just more than 17 seconds left against Oklahoma City, and the overwhelming sentiment was simple: relax.
The Thunder had trimmed Portland's lead to 110-109, but the Blazers refused to get rattled and came away with a 114-109 victory Thursday night.
"Even though it got scary there at the end, we were still able to calm ourselves down and get the win," said Damian Lillard, who finished with 33 points.
Curry out, but Warriors hold off Blazers 113-111
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors overcame Stephen Curry's absence to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers 113-111 on Sunday night.
Curry didn't play because of the stomach flu, missing his first game of the season. Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, who have won 10 of their last 11 games.
Aminu active for Trail Blazers
CHICAGO (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is active for their game against the Chicago Bulls after being sidelined by a left calf injury.
Coach Terry Stotts says Aminu will be restricted to around 20 minutes Monday night "depending on how it goes."
Aminu started the first eight games of the season before he got hurt Nov. 8 against Phoenix. He is averaging 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Blazers forward Aminu out for a “couple” of weeks
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu will be out a "couple of weeks" because of a calf injury, according to coach Terry Stotts.
Aminu started in the first eight games for the Blazers this season, averaging 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds before he was hurt Tuesday night early in Portland's 124-121 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Aminu did not travel with the Blazers on Wednesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Lillard scores 42 as Trail Blazers beat Mavericks 105-95
DALLAS (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 27 of his season-high 42 points in the second half to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-96 victory over Dallas on Friday night, sending the Mavericks to their first 0-5 start in franchise history.
Mason Plumlee had 19 points and Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.