Lillard's 50 points not enough, LeBron leads Cavs


The Portland Trail Blazers were pipped 117-115 by the Toronto Raptors, despite Damian Lillard's best efforts in the NBA on Friday.

Lillard posted 50 points but could not prevent the Trail Blazers from crashing to back-to-back defeats.

The 25-year-old has now scored at least 30 points in nine of his last 11 games, having fallen a point short of a career-high outing in Toronto.

While Lillard stole the show, DeMar DeRozan set an NBA record after making 24 consecutive free throws in Toronto's 12th successive home win.

DeRozan, who became the third player in Raptors history to score 9,000 points following Vince Carter and Chris Bosh, was 24-from-25 at the free-throw line on his way to 38 points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Washington Wizards 108-83 thanks to LeBron James.

James almost recorded a triple-double, with his 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in less than three quarters of action leading the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving had 21 points.

The Wizards, whose four-game winning streak was ended, were led by John Wall's 17 points.

In other results, Brook Lopez tipped in a basket with 0.4 seconds remaining in overtime as the Brooklyn Nets edged the Denver Nuggets 121-120.

The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak at home to 13 games via a 105-104 victory over the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat accounted for the depleted Philadelphia 76ers 112-102 and the Phoenix Suns upstaged the Orlando Magic 102-84.

Kemba Walker inspired the Charlotte Hornets to a 108-101 win at home to the Indiana Pacers, the Milwaukee Bucks were 116-101 winners against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies overcame the Utah Jazz 94-88, while the Atlanta Hawks crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 106-77.