Damian Lillard scores 33 points to lead Portland Trail Blazers past Detroit Pistons, 124-101

Portland’s CJ McCollum, left, makes a layup as the Pistons’ Jerami Grant defends during the first half Wednesday in Detroit. (AP photo)


Associated Press

DETROIT — Damian Lillard had 33 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 124-101 on Wednesday night.

CJ McCollum added 24 points and Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington each scored 16 in Portland’s fourth straight win.

Jerami Grant scored 30 points for Detroit, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Mason Plumlee added 18 points, but Detroit’s other three starters — Saddiq Bey, Josh Jackson and Saben Lee — combined for two points on 1-for-17 shooting.

Grant had 17 first-half points to help Detroit to a 52-51 lead, but Lillard’s 3-pointer on Portland’s first possession of the second half started a 17-2 run. The Trail Blazers hit their first five 3-point attempts of the quarter and Lillard finished with 16 points in the period as Portland took an 87-79 lead.

The Pistons cut the gap to six early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t put together a sustained run.