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Recap: Carmelo, Blazers Hold Off Suns, 111-110

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Damian Lillard’s late 3-point play sealed a tough win in Phoenix.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers looked lifeless before halftime, but found just enough energy to get the job done, eking out a 111-110 win on the road against a shorthanded Phoenix Suns.

It didn’t come easy.

An overturned goaltending call, which would have given the Blazers a four-point cushion with less than a minute remaining gave Phoenix life, and on the next possession, Kelly Oubre Jr. converted a four-point play to pull the Suns ahead 110-108.

That could have been all she wrote.

But at the other end, Damian Lillard answered with his own and-1 at the rim, giving Portland the edge and allowing a collective exhale across Rip City.

Ricky Rubio had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but his angle three was well off the mark.

Carmelo Anthony scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a couple timely threes, coming to the rescue when his team desperately needed it. He also stuffed the stat sheet with 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in easily his best defensive performance since making his return to the NBA. He even converted a rare fast-break alley-oop lob from Lillard late in the first half. The three-day break was kind to Melo.

CJ McCollum led all scorers with 30 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists, and Lillard added 27 points and 5 assists.

Box Score

That was close, Devin Booker must have gone off. He did not. In fact, he didn’t even play, as Booker missed his second straight game with a forearm contusion.

But at least Deandre Ayton is back, right? Nope, not yet. Ayton served the final of his 25-game banned substance suspension against the Blazers and is now set to join his re-join his team against the Clippers on Tuesday.

Up Next:

The Blazers will return home to host the husk of the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at the Moda Center.