Last-second 3-pointer lifts Portland Trail Blazers to victory | NBA
Rookie guard Damian Lillard made a three-point basket with 0.3 seconds left as the Portland Trail Blazers beat visiting New Orleans 95-94.
PORTLAND — Rookie guard Damian Lillard made a three-point basket with 0.3 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers handed New Orleans its sixth straight loss with a 95-94 victory over the Hornets on Sunday night.
As the shot was in the air, Lillard had a favorable outlook.
"I looked," said the former Weber State standout who was the sixth player selected in this year's draft. "And it looked good."
The Hornets trailed by as many as 16 points but tied the score at 92 when Austin Rivers connected on a three-pointer with 50.9 seconds left.
Portland got a scare when LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly came up limping and headed to the locker room with what appeared to be a left-ankle injury. Team officials said X-rays did not reveal damage.
Aldridge finished with 20 points.
Lillard's shot, which gave him 16 points, appeared to go in at the buzzer but a review put the fraction back on the clock. Lance Thomas made a layup on an alley-oop play for the Hornets as time ran out for the final margin.
"I was excited to win the game," Lillard said. "We had a big lead, we let them fight back and tie the game up and we were looking at overtime, so I was kind of relieved and excited at the same time."
J.J. Hickson had a season-high 24 points and added 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won three straight. Hickson has five consecutive double-doubles and 13 overall this season.
Ryan Anderson scored 26 points for New Orleans.
Lakers win again
PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant scored 34 points, Metta World Peace added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month with a 111-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers (11-14), who beat Washington 102-96 Friday, won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak that started Nov. 16.
"It's guys playing with confidence and guys trusting each other," said Bryant, who was 12 for 21 from the field and 8 for 9 from the free-throw line.
Even without injured stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, the Lakers hardly resembled the team that entered the night four games below .500. Bryant has scored at least 30 points in six consecutive games.
Nick Young paced the Sixers (12-12) with 30 points. Spencer Hawes, a former Seattle Prep and Washington Huskies player, added 16.
• Jose Calderon collected 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to lead Toronto past Houston 103-96.
• Reserve JaVale McGee scored 19 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat host Sacramento 122-97.
Isaiah Thomas, a former UW Huskies standout, scored a game-high 20 points for the Kings. Many fans were leaving or had left when Sacramento trailed by 30 points entering the fourth quarter.
"You just apologize," said Kings guard Aaron Brooks, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle. "They shouldn't have to pay to watch that."
• Milwaukee center Joel Przybilla has been suspended for one game without pay by the league for throwing a ball that hit an official during Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.