Portland, OR (Sports Network) - After several poor shooting nights, Damian Lillard bounced back with a big performance on Saturday.
The Trail Blazers' rookie scored a game-high 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting and hit a huge jumper late to help the Trail Blazers to their fifth straight win in a 96-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
J.J. Hickson posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, which received 17 points and nine boards from LaMarcus Aldridge in his return from an ankle injury. Nicolas Batum scored 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists in the win.
The Suns came in winners of four straight, but were outplayed by Portland in the second half. Marcin Gortat led Phoenix with 18 points and nine rebounds and Shannon Brown followed with 15 points in the setback.