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Lillard has 61, Blazers now 8th in West

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard handles the ball during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Damian Lillard is simply willing the Portland Trail Blazers toward the postseason.

The veteran guard tied a career high with 61 points, leading the Blazers to a 134-131 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night that moved his team into eighth place in the Western Conference.

"Ain't nothing I want more," Lillard said of the playoffs. "When I came here (to Disney World) I told them I'm not here to waste my time. Our work ain't done yet but we're fighting for it."


Giannis ejected for headbutting Wagner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo was fed up with the pushing and shoving.

The normally mild-mannered Bucks star lost his cool Tuesday night and was ejected in the second quarter of Milwaukee's 126-113 win over the Washington Wizards after he headbutted Moritz Wagner.


Suns beat 76ers to go 7-0 in restart

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Devin Booker scored 35 points and the Phoenix Suns protected their playoff hopes by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 130-117 on Tuesday to remain undefeated in the NBA restart.

Mikal Bridges added 24 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points with 10 assists as the Suns pulled into a ninth-place tie in the Western Conference with Memphis, a half-game behind new No. 8 Portland.


NBA sets procedures for bubble guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month.

And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games.


Spurs win to keep playoff hopes alive

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Spurs aren't out of it yet.

Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.


Grizzlies fail to clinch play-in series

LAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and the Boston Celtics ran past Memphis 122-107 on Tuesday, putting the Grizzlies in further danger of missing the playoffs.

The Grizzlies missed another chance to guarantee themselves a spot in the Western Conference play-in series, and fell out of eighth place after Portland beat Dallas later Tuesday.


Nets beat Magic to stay hot in restart

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 108-96 on Tuesday as both teams looked ahead to the playoffs.

Dzanan Musa added 17 points and Tyler Johnson had 14 for the Nets, who improved to 5-2 in the restart with their third straight victory. They have one game remaining before a first-round series against defending champion Toronto.


NBA to have Bubble MVP, All-Bubble team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) There will be an NBA Bubble MVP.

The league announced that there will be an All-Seeding Games Team and a Player of the Seeding Games, honoring the best performers from the seeding games that started July 30 and will conclude Friday.


Barnes scores 12 in 3rd to lift Kings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-106 on Tuesday night.

The Kings earned their second win in the NBA restart - each over the Pelicans.


Lakers edge Nuggets on Kuzma's late 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 124-121 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

LeBron James threw an inbounds pass to Anthony Davis, who flipped it to Kuzma on the right wing for the game-winner as the clock ran down.

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