NBA: Portland 119, Cleveland 116

Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Damian Lillard drained a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final second Tuesday, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers over Cleveland 119-116.

The key shot was the eighth trey of the contest for Lillard, who hit a game-winning basket for the fourth time this season. He finished with 36 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

The Blazers needed Lillard's late-game heroics after blowing a 10-point lead down the stretch, led by a late surge by Cleveland's Kyrie Irving.

The victory was the fifth straight and ninth in 10 games for Portland.

On the decisive play, Lillard held the ball until less than a second remained and hit the shot over the Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee.

Irving (25 points, 10 assists) missed a on desperation try to end the game as the Cavs had their four-game home winning streak snapped.

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