Camara and co. ruin Lillard’s warm return to Portland

Camara and co. ruin Lillard’s warm return to Portland
Camara and co. ruin Lillard’s warm return to Portland

The Moda Center in Portland gave Damian Lillard a warm welcome and sent him home empty-handed. The former Blazers star forced a transfer to Milwaukee in the offseason, which brought Toumani Camara from Phoenix to Portland, among others. Portland won 119-116. Oklahoma defeated champion Denver.

In a close game, the leading team changed sides 12 times. The visitors narrowly had the upper hand in the first and last quarter (37-38 and 23-25), but the home team had gathered just enough of a lead in between (30-27 and 29-26).

Anfernee Simons led Portland to victory with 24 points. He made a decisive floater at 17.6 seconds from the end, followed by 2 free throws from Jerami Grant (18 pts) at 4.6 seconds. It was the second win in a row for the penultimate in the West.

On the other side, Giannis Antetokounmpo (27 pts, 8 rbs) and Lillard (25 pts, 7 ass) were the strong holders. They couldn’t avoid a third loss in 4 matches to the number 2 in the East.

Lillard played 11 seasons with the Blazers. Portland’s all-time leading scorer returned for the first time and received a standing ovation upon his introduction to the side. He thanked the audience profusely.

He almost sealed the fate of his former team. In the absolute finale, he brought Milwaukee within 1 point (115-114) with a dunk and put Antetokounmpo on his way to 115-116 37.9 seconds from the end. But then came Simons and Grant’s moment.

Toumani Camara more than contributed: our compatriot came in 22’43”, good for 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Oklahoma strings together the top players in the West. On Monday, the Thunder lost to Minnesota, putting the Wolves at the top of the standings. Last night, OKC won nicely against reigning champion Denver (105-100).

Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was again tireless and good for 34 points. The Nuggets had to make do without multiple MVP Nikola Jokic.

Thanks to the win, Oklahoma takes over second place from Denver. They are one win from Minnesota, which crushed Dallas (121-87). The Mavs did play without Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

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