Lillard trey with .3 seconds lifts Blazers over Hornets

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PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 16: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers grabs his ankle while playing against the New Orleans Hornets on December 16, 2012 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 8:49 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rookie Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers handed New Orleans its sixth straight loss with a 95-94 victory over the Hornets on Sunday night.

After trailing by as many as 16, Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer for the Hornets to tie it at 92 with 50.9 seconds left.

The Blazers then absorbed a blow when LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly came up limping and headed to the locker room with what appeared to be a left ankle injury, but Lillard came through to give Portland the win.

The winning shot appeared to come at the buzzer but a review put the fraction back on the clock.

Lance Thomas made a layup for the Hornets as time ran out for the final margin.

J.J. Hickson had a season-high 24 points and added 16 rebounds for the Blazers. Ryan Anderson had 26 points for New Orleans.

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