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Kyrie Irving explains what happened in loss to Blazers: ‘A guy named Damian Lillard’

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When the clock strikes Dame Time, it can only mean one thing.

Any opponent on the court is about to be absolutely dominated by the Trail Blazers star.  

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The Brooklyn Nets found out the hard way as the Portland Trail Blazers came to life in the third quarter of Friday night’s game after a neck-and-neck 76-75 score at the quarter’s start.

But that close margin didn’t hold for long as Portland quickly took an 8-point lead before the mandatory time out. Lillard dunked, and then began launching em’ from deep, hitting back-to-back threes from the logo along with a Robert Covington bucket to extend Portland’s lead to 15. The Blazers took a 94-81 lead heading into the fourth.

So, what exactly happened for Brooklyn? Kyrie Irving has a few thoughts.

A guy named Damian Lillard. And also, some of the other guys that were making some big plays when we were putting two on the ball.

- Kyrie Irving said post-game

Nets coach Steve Nash admitted the Nets had no answer for Lillard, who drained eight triples and finished the night with 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting while adding nine assists in Portland’s 128-109 victory over Brooklyn.

 

“It does make it difficult to cover someone when they are pulling up from the center circle. You can weather a few of those. It’s the other ones,” Steve Nash said on Portland’s three-point barrage. “It’s the other ones where there’s a breakdown in coverage or fall asleep, those are the ones that kill you.”

While Lillard paved the way for Portland’s third-consecutive blowout victory, he didn’t do it alone. Jusuf Nurkic’s interior performance was on full display as he added 23 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

The Blazers finished the night with six players in double figures. Norman Powell added 19 points and 2 rebounds, while CJ McCollum chipped in 10 points and 4 rebounds. Off the bench, Carmelo Anthony and Anfernee Simons each added a 10-piece.

Halfway through its six-game road trip, Portland has three-straight wins on the road. The Blazers are now just one-half game behind the Dallas Mavericks in the race for the sixth-seed in the NBA’s wild Western Conference. Hold on tight, Blazers fans, Portland is far from finished.