----- Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 125-122 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Kanter to the rescue!
Enes Kanter finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass to help the Trail Blazers edge the Miami Heat 125-122 Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
CJ McCollum scored 29 of his 35 points in the first half and Damian Lillard finished with 22 points including three clutch free throws with 1.0 second remaining to lift Portland to the win.
Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro each scored 29 points to lead the Miami. The Heat connected on 56% of their field goals.
Portland took a 100-99 lead with 7:57 left on a 3-pointer by Carmelo Anthony.
Miami then went on an 11-0 run to take a 110-100 lead, with Gabe Vincent, Andre Iguodala and Herro all making three-pointers on consecutive possessions.
Portland answered with an 11-0 run of its own, taking the lead back on a layup by Lillard with 3:48 left.
Back and forth they went the rest of the way, with some team either taking the lead or pulling into a tie eight times in the final 1:44.
Notes- The Trail Blazers played without Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. after they were traded before the NBA Trade Deadline top Toronto in exchange for Norman Powell. Coach Stotts said Powell will be in Orlando tomorrow and could play against the Magic.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers play the second of a back-to-back tomorrow night against the Orlando Magic. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5:00 PM.
Chad's Take- Blazers better find a potion to fix their defense in a hurry.