Suns guard Devin Booker discusses his game-winning play to beat the Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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PJ Tucker, after being traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Toronto Raptors said: “Phoenix has changed my life. All the people here, all the fans… I couldn’t ask for a better place.” Video: Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Phoenix Suns center Alan Williams watches his mother, Jeri Williams, sworn in as Phoenix police chief in Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Paul Coro/azcentral sports)
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The Suns this month overcame Russell Westbrook’s 48 points. They survived Isaiah Thomas’s 35. But Sunday night in downtown Phoenix, Damian Lillard was just too much.
The lightning-quick point guard scored 39 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-101 win over the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns, coming off Saturday’s last-second win in Dallas, dropped to 22-45.
Noah Vonleh scored on the first play of the third quarter, giving Portland a 68-50 lead. Over the next seven minutes, however, the Suns outscored the Blazers 22-5 to pull within 73-72. Ninety seconds later point guard Eric Bledsoe canned a 3 in transition, knotting the score at 77-77.
BOX SCORE: Blazers 110, Suns 101
The Suns trailed 82-79 entering the fourth quarter. With four minutes to go, Devin Booker scored on a nice reverse lay-up to give Phoenix a 95-94 lead, but C.J. McCollum converted a three-point play and Lillard struck from the baseline for a 99-95 lead. Two minutes later, Lillard slammed the door on the Suns’ comeback hopes with a 21-foot jumper for a 108-99 advantage.
Booker led the Suns with 28 points. Bledsoe added 19 points and five assists, while Alan Williams chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Suns shot 43.6 percent from the field, making 5 of 14 from 3-point range.
In addition to Lillard, McCollum scored 26 points for Portland, still fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot at 29-26. Jusuf Nurkic added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Portland shot 50 percent from the field.
Lillard got going with early drives. Then he started working from the perimeter, burying a 19-foot pull-up and a 3-pointer during a 15-0 run that provided Portland a 27-16 first-quarter lead. He kept going.
In the second quarter, Lillard drew a foul from Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr., while shooting a 3. He hit all three fouls shots. A minute later he swished a deep 3 and turned and exchanged words with two Suns fans seated in the front row.
At halftime, Lillard had 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He finished 13 of 26 from the field, hitting 9 of 9 from the foul line.