Heat Can’t Hold Lead As Portland Rolls To 102-95 Win

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A double-digit second half lead wasn’t enough to propel the Miami Heat to victory.

Damian Lillard scored seven of his 18 points in the final 3:16, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to break their five-game losing streak, beating Miami 102-95 on Wednesday night.

Lillard, who came into the game averaging 26.6 points, had only one field goal in the first 31 minutes. But he converted a three-point play put the Trail Blazers ahead to stay, 98-95, and sank two free throws on their next possession for a five-point lead.

CJ McCollum scored 28 points for the Trail Blazers (14-13). They climbed back above .500 and improved to 7-5 on the road. The Heat (13-14) fell below .500 and dropped to 5-7 at home.

Miami reserve Wayne Ellington sank seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points. Dion Waiters added 17 points for the Heat, who were hurt by three missed free throws down the stretch.

Both teams were short-handed. Heat forward Justise Winslow left the game in the first half with a left knee strain and did not return, and guard Tyler Johnson sat out because of a migraine.

Miami was also without center Hassan Whiteside for a seventh consecutive games because of a bone bruise in his left knee.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Portland.

Ellington went 5 for 5 from 3-point range in the first quarter, helping Miami to a 33-21 lead.

The Heat were up by 16 in the second quarter and again in the third, but a 12-1 run by the Trail Blazers got them back in the game. Lillard’s driving dunk tied it at 86 with seven minutes left.

TIP-INS

Miami’s Kelly Olynyk had a slight edge in the matchup of former Gonzaga centers. He had 10 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes, and Portland’s Zach Collins had nine points and three rebounds in 21 minutes.

INJURY REPORT

Trail Blazers: C Jusuf Nurkic (sprained right ankle) missed his third game in a row. … F/C Meyers Leonard (illness) also sat out. … F Maurice Harkless (bruised left quad) returned after missing two games.

Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is working out and feeling better, but he’s not ready to return to practice.

UP NEXT

Miami: The Heat play at Charlotte on Friday night. Miami beat the Hornets earlier this week.

Portland: The Trail Blazers continue a five-game trip when they play Friday night at Orlando.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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