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Blazers survive three shots in closing seconds

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Damian Lillard's layup with 6.9 seconds remaining lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 90-89 win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Miles Plumlee put the Suns ahead by one with 51.9 seconds left to play. After empty possessions both ways, Portland called timeout to advance the ball to midcourt. Lillard took the inbounds pass and used a LaMarcus Aldridge screen to turn the corner and finish an uncontested layup at the rim.

"We ran it exactly how we drew it up," Lillard said of his go-ahead bucket. "It was a pick-and-roll with me and L.A. (Aldridge) and I came off and as soon as I came off it was wide open so it was an easy read."

Phoenix had a number of chances in the closing seconds. Eric Bledsoe drove on Nicolas Batum and missed a layup, but P.J. Tucker kept it alive with a tip shot that bounced off the back of the rim to Markieff Morris. Morris caught the rebound and had one final look, but his layup hung on the rim and fell off as the clock hit zero.

"Eric (Bledsoe) probably got fouled on the layup, and then we had two tip-ins that were point-blank," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said of the final possession. "A tough one to take. That's the way it goes. You're going to win some of those close games, and lose some."

Thomas Robinson had 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Portland, while Robin Lopez contributed a 13-point, 15-rebound double-double. Aldridge and Lillard had 12 and 11 points, respectively, on a combined 9-for-32 from the field.

The Blazers have won four in a row and six of seven after dropping the season opener in Phoenix.

Bledsoe paced Phoenix with 23 points and six assists. Gerald Green scored 17 points and Plumlee registered 10 points and 10 boards in the setback.

Goran Dragic and Green hit back-to-back 3's early in the fourth, pushing the Suns' lead to 77-69. Portland responded with a Robinson putback slam and a Wesley Matthews triple with 7:31 on the clock, and neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.

Mo Williams capped the third quarter with a deep 3-pointer, which he banked in as time expired to pull the Blazers within 68-62.

Phoenix trailed 25-22 after the first but took a 43-41 lead into the locker room after closing the opening half on a 19-11 run.

Game Notes

Aldridge has recorded three straight double-doubles ... Batum was held without an assist for the first time this season ... The Blazers will start a four- game road trip in Boston on Friday.

11/14 02:31:00 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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