Matt Eppers, USA TODAY Published 9:41 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2020 | Updated 11:22 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2020

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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Trail Blazers clinched a berth in the Western Conference play-in. Portland move into eighth place in the West.

The race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference has a new leader thanks to another virtuoso performance from Damian Lillard.

Lillard tied his career high with 61 points as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Dallas Mavericks, 134-131, to move into sole possession of eighth place in the West. Two days after scoring 51 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Lillard shot 17-of-32 from the field overall, 9-of-17 from 3-point range and 18-of-18 from the foul line.

“Ain’t nothing I want more,” Lillard said about making the playoffs. “When I came here, I told them I’m not here to waste my time. Our work ain’t done yet, but we’re fighting for it.”

Lillard scored 22 points in the fourth quarter as the teams traded big buckets down the stretch. It was Lillard’s third 60-point game of the season. He joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with three 60-point outings in a season. Lillard is the sixth player in league history with three 60-point games in his career.

“He’s showing a lot of resolve,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Nobody wanted to come into this bubble and make the playoffs more than Dame. We have one more game to go, but his leadership and his game speaks for itself. He’s bringing the team along with him.”

Carmelo Anthony added 26 points for the Blazers to help offset a 2-for-14 shooting night by C.J. McCollum.

Damian Lillard joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with three 60-point games in a season.

Damian Lillard joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with three 60-point games in a season. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks with 36 points, but fouled out with 1:18 left. Luka Doncic had 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 24 points.

The Blazers improved to 5-2 in the Orlando bubble and took over eighth place in the West with their win and a loss by the Memphis Grizzlies. The race for the final playoff spot is still tight. Memphis is tied with the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs a half-game behind the Blazers.

Portland can clinch a spot in the play-in with a win over the Brooklyn Nets in the final seeding game Thursday.

“We have to come out with the same mentality,” Lillard said. “We control our own destiny. That’s the most important game of our lives.”

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Aug. 13: The Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen attempts to block a shot from the Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum. The Blazers won the game, 134-133.Aug. 13: The New Orleans Pelicans' Zylan Cheatham dunks against the Orlando Magic. The Magic won the game, 133-127.Aug. 13: The San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray looks to pass against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz won the game, 118-112.Aug. 13: The Dallas Mavericks' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocks the ball away from the Phoenix Suns' Jevon Carter. The Suns won the game, 128-102.Aug. 13: The Milwaukee Bucks' Frank Mason III shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke (15). The Grizzlies won the game, 119-106.Aug. 13: The Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings won the game, 136-122.Aug. 13: The Boston Celtics' Javonte Green heads to the basket against the Washington Wizards' Isaac Bonga and Thomas Bryant (13). The Wizards won the game, 96-90.Aug. 12: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can't believe he missed that shot against the Heat.Aug. 12: Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Pacers defender T.J. McConnell (9).Aug. 12: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to pass out of the double-team by NUggets defenders Mason Plumlee (7) and Keita Bates-Diop (6).Aug. 12: The Raptors bench got hyped during their win over the Sixers.Aug. 10: The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) passes the ball against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers won the game, 124-121.Aug. 10: The Toronto Raptors Matt Thomas, left, dribbles past the Milwaukee Bucks' Kyle Korver during the Raptors' 114-106 victory.Aug. 10: Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) jumps to make a pass against the Indiana Pacers during the Heat's 114-92 win.Aug. 10: The Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke (32) shoots under the Utah Jazz's Rayjon Tucker (6) as the Mavs rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114.Aug. 10: The Phoenix Suns' Dario Saric, center right, and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Mike Muscala, center left, jump for the opening tip. The Suns won 128-101 to remain undefeated in the bubble.Aug. 9: Raptors guard Fred VanVleet drives to the bucket against Grizzlies defender Ja Morant.Aug. 9: Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony leave the floor after the Blazers' big win over the Sixers.Aug. 9: Magic forward Gary Clark (12) dives for a loose ball against Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20).Aug. 8: Nuggets guard Jamal Murray celebrates after sinking a clutch 3-pointer against the Jazz.Aug. 8: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic passes around Bucks defender Giannis Antetokounmpo.Aug. 8: Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) loses control of the ball between Blazers defenders Zach Collins (33) and Anfernee Simons (1).Aug. 8: Heat center Bam Adebayo throws down a two-handed slam against the Suns.Aug. 8: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo collides with Mavericks defender Dorian Finney-Smith.Aug. 7: Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) tries to pas out of a double-team by Grizzlies defenders Dillon Brooks (24) and Gorgui Dieng (14).Aug. 7: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday goes all-out trying to get to a loose ball against the Wizards.Aug. 7: Celtics guard Kemba Walker collides with Raptors forward OG Anunoby.Aug. 7: Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes throws down the one-handed slam against the Wizards.Aug. 7: Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) tries to corral a loose ball between Jazz defenders Juwan Morgan (16) and Georges Niang (31).Aug. 5: Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee dunks against the San Antonio Spurs.Aug. 5: Rudy Gobert during the Utah Jazz's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.Aug. 5: Washington Wizards guard Jerome Robinson (12) tries to tie up Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.Aug. 5: Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green dunks against the Brooklyn Nets.Aug. 4: Ben McLemore of the Houston Rockets and Hassan Whiteside of the Portland Trail Blazers battle for a rebound during the Blazers' 110-102 win.Aug. 4: Miami Heat players and virtual fans celebrate during a 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics.Aug. 4: The Indiana Pacers' Aaron Holiday shoots over the Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross during the Pacers' 120-109 win.Aug. 4: Patrick Patterson of the LA Clippers defends a shot from the Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges. The Suns won the game, 117-115.Aug. 4: The Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes collides with the Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis during the Mavs' 114-110 win in the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.Aug. 4: The Milwaukee Bucks' Frank Mason III is fouled as he shoots by the Brooklyn Nets' Garrett Temple during the Nets' 119-116 win.Aug. 3: Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) tries to shoot under pressure from Heat defender Jimmy Butler (22).Aug. 3: Pelicans forward Zion Williamson throws down the monster two-handed alley-oop against the Grizzlies.Aug. 3: Thunder guard Chris Paul calls out direction against the Nuggets.Aug. 3: Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) puts up the off-balance shot against Raptors center Marc Gasol (33).Aug. 3: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday dives for a loose ball against Grizzlies guard Dillon BrooksAug. 2: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic gets a hand from an official after hitting the deck against the Suns.Aug. 2: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive against Rockets defender P.J. Tucker.Aug. 2: Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke throws down the two-handed flush against the SpursAug. 2: The Wizards and Nets open Day 4 of seeding games by kneeling during the national anthem.Aug. 2: Celtics forward Jaylen Brown throws down the one-handed slam against the Blazers.Aug. 2: Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni prowls the sideline in a mask against the Bucks.Aug. 2: Magic guard Terrence Ross tries to save a loose ball from going out of bounds against the Kings.Aug. 2: Grizzlies guards De'Anthony Melton, left, and Dillon Brooks, right, scramble for a loose ball against Spurs forward Lonnie Walker IV.Aug. 1: The pack goes up for a rebound during the Heat-Nuggets game.Aug. 1: Lakers forward LeBron James draws contact against Raptors defender O.G. Anunoby.Aug. 1: Thunder guard Chris Paul looks for room to work against Jazz defender Georges Niang.Aug. 1: Pacers coach Nate McMillan expresses his displeasure with a call against the Sixers.Aug. 1: Heat defender Jimmy Butler pressures Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier.Aug. 1: Sixers center Joel Embiid takes a hit and goes flying to the floor against the Pacers.Aug. 1: Clippers guard Reggie Jackson drives to the hoop against Pelicans defender Frank Jackson.July 31: Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates after hitting a big 3 late against the Grizzlies.July 31: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum passes around Bucks defender Wesley Matthews.July 31: Bucks center Brook Lopez denies Celtics forward Jaylen Brown at the rim.July 31: Rockets guard James Harden couldn't believe the call.July 31: Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. throws down the one-handed slam against Blazers defender Jusuf Nurkic.July 31: Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stands as others kneel during the national anthem before playing the Nets.July 31: Arena workers clean the court and surrounding plexiglass between games.July 31: Kings guard Kent Bazemore (26) fights for a loose ball against Spurs guard Derrick White (4).July 31: Meavericks guard Seth Curry and Rockets guard Danuel House Jr. hit the deck while scrambling for a loose ball.July 31: Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) grabs a rebound between a trio of Wizards defenders.July 30: LeBron James and the Lakers celebrates after edging the Clippers in their opening game of the season restart.July 30: Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots over Lakers defender Anthony Davis (3).July 30: Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up the court against Clippers defender Reggie Jackson (1).July 30: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to hoop against Lakers forward LeBron James (23).July 30: Lakers and Clippers players and coaches wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem.July 30: The Lakers and Clippers kneel during the national anthem before their opening game in Orlando.July 30: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was on hand for the Lakers-Clippers game on opening night of the restart.July 30: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) tries to pass around Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first game of the NBA's resumed season.July 30: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives to the bucket against the Pelicans.July 30: Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots over Jazz defender Georges Niang.July 30: Pelicans guard J.J. Redick hits the deck against the Jazz.July 30: Players and coaches from the Pelicans and Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the NBA restart.July 30: Players and coaches from the Pelicans and Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the NBA restart.July 29: Team bench areas include socially-distanced chairs.July 29: Disinfectant spray sits near television cameras inside one of the arenas.July 29: The league's COVID-19 testing site.July 29: Social-distancing and safety guidelines at the NBA COVID-19 testing site.

Replay

  • Aug. 13: The Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen attempts to block a shot from the Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum. The Blazers won the game, 134-133.1 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The New Orleans Pelicans' Zylan Cheatham dunks against the Orlando Magic. The Magic won the game, 133-127.2 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray looks to pass against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz won the game, 118-112.3 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The Dallas Mavericks' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocks the ball away from the Phoenix Suns' Jevon Carter. The Suns won the game, 128-102.4 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The Milwaukee Bucks' Frank Mason III shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke (15). The Grizzlies won the game, 119-106.5 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings won the game, 136-122.6 of 86
  • Aug. 13: The Boston Celtics' Javonte Green heads to the basket against the Washington Wizards' Isaac Bonga and Thomas Bryant (13). The Wizards won the game, 96-90.7 of 86
  • Aug. 12: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can't believe he missed that shot against the Heat.8 of 86
  • Aug. 12: Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Pacers defender T.J. McConnell (9).9 of 86
  • Aug. 12: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tries to pass out of the double-team by NUggets defenders Mason Plumlee (7) and Keita Bates-Diop (6).10 of 86
  • Aug. 12: The Raptors bench got hyped during their win over the Sixers.11 of 86
  • Aug. 10: The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) passes the ball against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers won the game, 124-121.12 of 86
  • Aug. 10: The Toronto Raptors Matt Thomas, left, dribbles past the Milwaukee Bucks' Kyle Korver during the Raptors' 114-106 victory.13 of 86
  • Aug. 10: Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) jumps to make a pass against the Indiana Pacers during the Heat's 114-92 win.14 of 86
  • Aug. 10: The Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke (32) shoots under the Utah Jazz's Rayjon Tucker (6) as the Mavs rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114.15 of 86
  • Aug. 10: The Phoenix Suns' Dario Saric, center right, and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Mike Muscala, center left, jump for the opening tip. The Suns won 128-101 to remain undefeated in the bubble.16 of 86
  • Aug. 9: Raptors guard Fred VanVleet drives to the bucket against Grizzlies defender Ja Morant.17 of 86
  • Aug. 9: Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony leave the floor after the Blazers' big win over the Sixers.18 of 86
  • Aug. 9: Magic forward Gary Clark (12) dives for a loose ball against Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20).19 of 86
  • Aug. 8: Nuggets guard Jamal Murray celebrates after sinking a clutch 3-pointer against the Jazz.20 of 86
  • Aug. 8: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic passes around Bucks defender Giannis Antetokounmpo.21 of 86
  • Aug. 8: Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) loses control of the ball between Blazers defenders Zach Collins (33) and Anfernee Simons (1).22 of 86
  • Aug. 8: Heat center Bam Adebayo throws down a two-handed slam against the Suns.23 of 86
  • Aug. 8: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo collides with Mavericks defender Dorian Finney-Smith.24 of 86
  • Aug. 7: Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) tries to pas out of a double-team by Grizzlies defenders Dillon Brooks (24) and Gorgui Dieng (14).25 of 86
  • Aug. 7: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday goes all-out trying to get to a loose ball against the Wizards.26 of 86
  • Aug. 7: Celtics guard Kemba Walker collides with Raptors forward OG Anunoby.27 of 86
  • Aug. 7: Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes throws down the one-handed slam against the Wizards.28 of 86
  • Aug. 7: Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) tries to corral a loose ball between Jazz defenders Juwan Morgan (16) and Georges Niang (31).29 of 86
  • Aug. 5: Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee dunks against the San Antonio Spurs.30 of 86
  • Aug. 5: Rudy Gobert during the Utah Jazz's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.31 of 86
  • Aug. 5: Washington Wizards guard Jerome Robinson (12) tries to tie up Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.32 of 86
  • Aug. 5: Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green dunks against the Brooklyn Nets.33 of 86
  • Aug. 4: Ben McLemore of the Houston Rockets and Hassan Whiteside of the Portland Trail Blazers battle for a rebound during the Blazers' 110-102 win.34 of 86
  • Aug. 4: Miami Heat players and virtual fans celebrate during a 112-106 win over the Boston Celtics.35 of 86
  • Aug. 4: The Indiana Pacers' Aaron Holiday shoots over the Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross during the Pacers' 120-109 win.36 of 86
  • Aug. 4: Patrick Patterson of the LA Clippers defends a shot from the Phoenix Suns' Mikal Bridges. The Suns won the game, 117-115.37 of 86
  • Aug. 4: The Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes collides with the Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis during the Mavs' 114-110 win in the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.38 of 86
  • Aug. 4: The Milwaukee Bucks' Frank Mason III is fouled as he shoots by the Brooklyn Nets' Garrett Temple during the Nets' 119-116 win.39 of 86
  • Aug. 3: Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) tries to shoot under pressure from Heat defender Jimmy Butler (22).40 of 86
  • Aug. 3: Pelicans forward Zion Williamson throws down the monster two-handed alley-oop against the Grizzlies.41 of 86
  • Aug. 3: Thunder guard Chris Paul calls out direction against the Nuggets.42 of 86
  • Aug. 3: Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) puts up the off-balance shot against Raptors center Marc Gasol (33).43 of 86
  • Aug. 3: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday dives for a loose ball against Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks44 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic gets a hand from an official after hitting the deck against the Suns.45 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive against Rockets defender P.J. Tucker.46 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke throws down the two-handed flush against the Spurs47 of 86
  • Aug. 2: The Wizards and Nets open Day 4 of seeding games by kneeling during the national anthem.48 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Celtics forward Jaylen Brown throws down the one-handed slam against the Blazers.49 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni prowls the sideline in a mask against the Bucks.50 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Magic guard Terrence Ross tries to save a loose ball from going out of bounds against the Kings.51 of 86
  • Aug. 2: Grizzlies guards De'Anthony Melton, left, and Dillon Brooks, right, scramble for a loose ball against Spurs forward Lonnie Walker IV.52 of 86
  • Aug. 1: The pack goes up for a rebound during the Heat-Nuggets game.53 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Lakers forward LeBron James draws contact against Raptors defender O.G. Anunoby.54 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Thunder guard Chris Paul looks for room to work against Jazz defender Georges Niang.55 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Pacers coach Nate McMillan expresses his displeasure with a call against the Sixers.56 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Heat defender Jimmy Butler pressures Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier.57 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Sixers center Joel Embiid takes a hit and goes flying to the floor against the Pacers.58 of 86
  • Aug. 1: Clippers guard Reggie Jackson drives to the hoop against Pelicans defender Frank Jackson.59 of 86
  • July 31: Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates after hitting a big 3 late against the Grizzlies.60 of 86
  • July 31: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum passes around Bucks defender Wesley Matthews.61 of 86
  • July 31: Bucks center Brook Lopez denies Celtics forward Jaylen Brown at the rim.62 of 86
  • July 31: Rockets guard James Harden couldn't believe the call.63 of 86
  • July 31: Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. throws down the one-handed slam against Blazers defender Jusuf Nurkic.64 of 86
  • July 31: Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stands as others kneel during the national anthem before playing the Nets.65 of 86
  • July 31: Arena workers clean the court and surrounding plexiglass between games.66 of 86
  • July 31: Kings guard Kent Bazemore (26) fights for a loose ball against Spurs guard Derrick White (4).67 of 86
  • July 31: Meavericks guard Seth Curry and Rockets guard Danuel House Jr. hit the deck while scrambling for a loose ball.68 of 86
  • July 31: Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) grabs a rebound between a trio of Wizards defenders.69 of 86
  • July 30: LeBron James and the Lakers celebrates after edging the Clippers in their opening game of the season restart.70 of 86
  • July 30: Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots over Lakers defender Anthony Davis (3).71 of 86
  • July 30: Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball up the court against Clippers defender Reggie Jackson (1).72 of 86
  • July 30: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to hoop against Lakers forward LeBron James (23).73 of 86
  • July 30: Lakers and Clippers players and coaches wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem.74 of 86
  • July 30: The Lakers and Clippers kneel during the national anthem before their opening game in Orlando.75 of 86
  • July 30: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was on hand for the Lakers-Clippers game on opening night of the restart.76 of 86
  • July 30: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) tries to pass around Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the first game of the NBA's resumed season.77 of 86
  • July 30: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives to the bucket against the Pelicans.78 of 86
  • July 30: Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots over Jazz defender Georges Niang.79 of 86
  • July 30: Pelicans guard J.J. Redick hits the deck against the Jazz.80 of 86
  • July 30: Players and coaches from the Pelicans and Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the NBA restart.81 of 86
  • July 30: Players and coaches from the Pelicans and Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the NBA restart.82 of 86
  • July 29: Team bench areas include socially-distanced chairs.83 of 86
  • July 29: Disinfectant spray sits near television cameras inside one of the arenas.84 of 86
  • July 29: The league's COVID-19 testing site.85 of 86
  • July 29: Social-distancing and safety guidelines at the NBA COVID-19 testing site.86 of 86

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