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NBA: Portland 87, Detroit 81

Nov. 19, 2009 at 12:58 AM   |   Comments

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Steve Blake and Andre Miller each made two free throws in the final 10 seconds Wednesday and Portland fought off a big rally to down Detroit 87-81.

The Trail Blazers owned a 20-point lead heading into the fourth quarter only to have the Pistons close within two on a tip-in by Charlie Villanueva with 15 seconds to play.

Blake made his foul shots for a four-point lead with 10 seconds left and Miller converted two more with 5 seconds remaining.

Portland bounced back from its first loss in more than two weeks. The Trail Blazers suffered a setback in Atlanta Monday after winning six in a row.

Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge both scored 20 points and Blake had 17 for Portland, which moved into a tie with Denver atop the Northwest Division.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 21 points and Villanueva had 20.

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