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Lillard's 11 3's lift rising Portland past Denver, 125-115

The Blazers closed to within a half-game of Memphis in the race for eighth in the West.
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Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum, second from right, and Jusuf Nurkic (27) celebrate their 125-115 win over the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. โ€” Damian Lillard tied his franchise record with 11 3-pointers and scored 45 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by beating the Denver Nuggets 125-115 on Thursday night. 

Lillard was 11 for 18 from 3-point range, plus had 12 assists for Portland. The Blazers (32-38) closed to within a half-game of Memphis in the race for eighth in the West.

Michael Porter Jr. scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Denver (45-24), which remained in the Westโ€™s No. 3 spot. 

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