Damian Lillard scored 34 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the host Brooklyn Nets 127-125 in a Friday matinee.
Nurkic scord eight in the fourth quarter, but missed two free throws that could’ve sealed it — then apologized to Lillard after the Blazers still managed to escape with the win.
Lillard wouldn’t hear it.
“After the game he was telling me, `Man, my bad I missed the free throws, I did this and I this that’,” Lillard told reporters. “I stopped in the hallway, I said, `I don’t care about none of that, the most important thing is you made the biggest play of the game.'”
The Nets actually led 121-115 with 2:20 left in the game, but the Blazers came charging back.
C.J. McCollum added 26 points for the Blazers, and Evan Turner had 13.
The Nets were led by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 23 points and six assists.