Thursday night was the deciding night for four NBA teams on whether they’ll be leaving the NBA bubble or having one more chance to play in the postseason. The Portland Trailblazers found themselves in a win or go home situation, and after a missed buzzer-beater the Blazers locked in the play-in game for Saturday.
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 134-133. Following a missed Carmelo Anthony three-pointer to ice the game, Nets Forward Caris LeVert found himself one on one with C.J. McCollum with seconds left to decide the fate of the Terry Stotts coached franchise. LeVert’s step back two-pointer from the foul line extended hit back rim and bounced out as time expired.
Lillard had another fantastic outing with 42 points and 12 assists. McCollum added in 25 points and Jusuf Nurkic with 22 points and 10 boards.