Whats next for Portland Trail Blazers after clinching No. 8 spot in NBAs Western Conference? A unique play-in round against Memphis Grizzlies
The Blazers advanced by surviving the pesky Nets, who had nothing to play for.
Damian Lillard 42 points (13 for 22 from the field, 8 for 14 from three-point range, 8 for 9 from the line), 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
CJ McCollum 25 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
Jusuf Nurkic 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists
Hassan Whiteside 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots
Gary Trent Jr. 16 points (4 for 10 from three-point range), 2 steals
Carmelo Anthony 9 points, 7 rebounds
Caris LeVert 37 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Joe Harris 19 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 19 points, 8 rebounds
Tyler Johnson 16 points, 2 assists
Garrett Temple 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
Jarrett Allen 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocked shots
Portland 134, Brooklyn 133, final: Blazers survive, clinch No. 8 spot in West, will face Memphis on Saturday in the play-in round. Portland will have two tries to beat the Grizzlies one time. If the Blazers can defeat Memphis, theyll get the top-seeded Lakers in the first round.
Portland 134, Brooklyn 130, 53.4 seconds 4th quarter: McCollums pullup jumper makes it a two-possession game. He has 25 points.
Portland 132, Brooklyn 130, 1:30 4th quarter: Nurkic gives Portland the lead and is fouled, but he misses the free throw.
Portland 130, Brooklyn 130, 1:52 4th quarter: Lillard dishes to Nurkic for his 11th assist. Trent buries another big three-pointer.
Brooklyn 126, Portland 125, 3:17 4th quarter: Lillard goes 3 for 3 from the line. He has 42 points.
Brooklyn 126, Portland 122, 3:17 4th quarter: Lillard fouled on a three-point attempt and will go to the line for three free throws. He can cut it to one. Timeout, Blazers. They have two remaining.
Brooklyn 124, Portland 122, 4:03 4th quarter: Anthony drills a three-pointer -- its Lillards 10th assist.
Brooklyn 120, Portland 117, 6:30 4th quarter: Harris scores for Brooklyn, McCollum misses a three, and Temple scores to give the Nets a three-point lead. Timeout, Blazers.
Portland 117, Brooklyn 116, 7:12 4th quarter: Lillard for three again. He has 39 points (nine this quarter).
Portland 112, Brooklyn 111, 8:13 4th quarter: McCollum goes 2 for 2 from the line, giving Portland the lead back. Lillard also made another three-pointer, giving him 36 points.
Brooklyn 107, Portland 103, 10:29 4th quarter: Blazers first two baskets of the fourth quarter are threes by Trent and Lillard -- Lillards from 36 feet. He has 33 points. Timeout, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn 104, Portland 97, end 3rd quarter: Nets outscore Blazers 37-24 in the third period. Lillard has a game-high 30 points. McCollum has 21.
Brooklyn 102, Portland 95, 59 seconds 3rd quarter: Nets open a 10-point lead, their largest of the night. Lillard nails a three-pointer to cut it to seven. He has 28 points.
Brooklyn 95, Portland 89, 3:25 3rd quarter: Nets are 11 for 23 from three-point range. Blazers are 6 of 20. Lillard has 22 points, eight assists.
Brooklyn 87, Portland 85, 5:21 3rd quarter: Nets on an 11-1 run and have their first lead since early in the second quarter.
Portland 84, Brooklyn 82, 6:59 3rd quarter: What a game for Whiteside, who makes his first five shots from the field and is 6 for 6 from the line. He has 16 points and nine rebounds. But the Nets arent going away. LeVert has a game-high 28 points, including Brooklyns past eight.
Portland 80, Brooklyn 72, 10:00 3rd quarter: Lillards fourth three-pointer gives him 20 points. Blazers are 10 for 10 from the line. Bad news: Nurkic and Anthony have four fouls apiece.
Portland 73, Brooklyn 67, halftime: Blazers score 42 points in the second quarter. McCollum has 18 points and four assists. Lillard has 17 points and seven assists. Whiteside has 12 points -- hes 3 for 3 from the field and 6 for 6 from the line. Trent is 4 for 5 from the field for 10 points. Simons played a couple minutes late in the half but missed his only shot. Nurkic and Trent have three fouls each. LeVert leads Brooklyn with 18 points. Kurucs has three fouls.
Portland 65, Brooklyn 60, 2:22 2nd quarter: Lillard up to 15 points. Trent with another three-pointer -- hes 2 for 3 from three-point range and has 10 points, but he and Nurkic have three fouls apiece.
Portland 60, Brooklyn 57, 3:47 2nd quarter: Lillards sixth assist is a lob to Collins, who gets his first two points.
Portland 56, Brooklyn 50, 5:18 2nd quarter: Lillard might be getting hot -- he just made back-to-back three-pointers. He has 13 points and five assists. Portland on a 19-7 run.
Portland 48, Brooklyn 43, 7:09 2nd quarter: Whiteside with another three-point play. Hes Portlands second-leading scorer with eight points. McCollum has 14. Lillard has seven. Trent has five points (including a three-pointer) but is the first Blazer with two fouls. Harris and Kurucs have two fouls each for Brooklyn.
Portland 43, Brooklyn 41, 7:52 2nd quarter: Whitesides three-point play gives him five points. It took Portland 15 minutes to get to the line. Nets are 5 for 7 from the line.
Portland 31, Brooklyn 31, end 1st quarter: McCollum is 6 for 8 for a game-high 12 points. Lillard has five points and four assists. Portland is 1 for 6 from three-point range (Lillard has the make). No Blazer has more than one foul. The Nets have nothing to play for, but you wouldnt know it. LeVert leads them with 10 points.
Portland 27, Brooklyn 25, 2:29 1st quarter: Nurkics layup gives Portland the lead and him six points, but he commits his first foul on the other end. Timeout, Blazers.
Portland 25, Brooklyn 25, 3:02 1st quarter: McCollum is up to 12 points, but hes on the bench now. Trent and Hezonja check in for Portland.
Portland 23, Brooklyn 19, 4:40 1st quarter: Lillard nails his first three-pointer of the game. He has five points.
Portland 20, Brooklyn 19, 5:45 1st quarter: McCollum 5 for 6 from the field for 10 points. Anthony and Nurkic have four apiece. Lillard still with two. Blazers are 10 for 15 from the field. Timeout, Nets.
Brooklyn 15, Portland 14, 7:30 1st quarter: LeVerts three-pointer gives the Nets their first lead. Lillard has his first two points. How many will he end with tonight?
Portland 10, Brooklyn 9, 9:36 1st quarter: McCollum, playing through a back injury, scores the first points of the game. Hes 3 for 3 from the field for six points, which is a good sign, but he also has his first foul.
PG Damian Lillard
SG CJ McCollum
SF Carmelo Anthony
PF Zach Collins
C Jusuf Nurkic
PG Caris LeVert
SG Joe Harris
SF Garrett Temple
PF Rodions Kurucs
C Jarrett Allen
Updated: This post was updated after Phoenix closed out its 128-102 win over Dallas and Memphis concluded its 119-106 win over Milwaukee.
The Portland Trail Blazers season will end Thursday tonight if they fail to defeat the Brooklyn Nets.
Ninth-place Memphis win over Milwaukee earlier on Thursday and 10th-place Phoenixs hammering of Dallas means that Portland would fall to 10th and out of playoff contention with a loss.
A victory for the Blazers would leave them at No. 8 and they would play No. 9 Memphis in the play-in round. Should Portland lose, the Grizzlies would jump to No. 8 and Phoenix would get in at No. 9.
Be sure to check back all day for updates before, during and after the Blazers game, which tips off at 6 p.m.
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What: Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) vs. Brooklyn Nets (35-36), 6 p.m. PT Thursday.
Where: The Field House, Orlando, Florida
TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (In Portland: Comcast 37/737), TNT (54/754)
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)
How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login information on NBC Sports Live, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on Hulu + Live (free trial), if you prefer those platforms and their pricing plans. There are a variety of other streaming options you can try: www.nba.com/blazers/watch.
Blazers: Nassir Little (dehydration) is out. Forwards Trevor Ariza and Caleb Swanigan opted out of the NBA bubble.
Nets: Chris Chiozza (right abductor tightness) and Donta Hall (right ankle sprain) are questionable. Jamal Crawford (hamstring) is out.