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Damian Lillard drops 44, he and Blazers outduel Kevin Durant’s 50 point night

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard clenches his fist after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

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Kevin Durant has had five 50 point games in his career, but not as a Warrior. Well until Wednesday, when he had 50 points, six assists, and seven rebounds.

It wasn’t enough.

That’s because Durant got in a duel with Damian Lillard, who dropped 44 including a key late three that gave the Trail Blazers a much-needed win.

The win matters to Portland because with it the Blazers become the six seed in the West — but still just one game up on the nine-seed Clippers (who also won on Wednesday). And that’s not including the Jazz, the 10 seed, who won their 11th straight game Wednesday — just two games separate six seed Portland and 10 seed Utah. Evey win counts.