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NBA scores 2013: Damian Lillard launches game-winner to drop Cavs in Cleveland

In a great battle of point guards, the Blazers' lead man had the edge.

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Damian Lillard dropped a bomb from 26 feet with 0.4 seconds left on the clock and a 40-footer from Kyrie Irving bounced off the rim at the buzzer, as the Trail Blazers went into Cleveland and pulled out the 119-116 win. Portland stayed atop the Western Conference at 22-4 with the victory.


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Dame put up 36 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed eight boards in the win, and he absolutely showed out against Irving, who wasn't so bad himself. And LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't too bad, either.

Aldridge is making a statement through the first quarter of the season. The big man went for 26 points, 15 boards and four assists as the Blazers shot nearly 45 percent as a team and hit 15 threes on the night against a Cavs team that was 7-3 at home prior to this game.

Irving had 25 points and 10 assists for Cleveland, and Dion Waiters really came out of his shell tonight with 25 of his own.

Thunder 105, Nuggets 93

The Thunder went into Denver and took care of the Nuggets in a relatively easy 105-93 win, and their quest to return to the top of the West continued in full force. Kevin Durant had 30 points and six rebounds, but it was all about Russell Westbrook.

Oklahoma City's point guard went for 21 points, 13 boards and eight assists (and eight turnovers) as his team dominated the Nuggets in that rarefied air. The Thunder shot nearly 49 percent from the floor and outrebounded Denver, 53-43, and did so despite hitting just five of the team's 22 three-point attempts.

Denver got 20 points from J.J. Hickson and 17 from Ty Lawson in the loss.

The Thunder continue to roll, winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Thunder are back in full force, and it will only get better from here.

Lakers 96, Grizzlies 92

Despite all their struggles, the Lakers are surviving. Los Angeles went into Memphis on Tuesday and defeated the Grizz, 96-92, to move within one game of .500 on the season.

Kobe Bryant had 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in his best performance of the season, and the Lakers survived behind their superstar's play. And his shooting didn't hurt, either.

Pau Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds himself, and Nick Young had 18 off the bench, which he's wont to do.

Los Angeles got creamed on the boards but held Memphis to just 40.7 percent shooting, including just 5-for-16 from the three-point line.

Zach Randolph went for 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Grizzlies.

Bobcats 95, Kings 87

How 'bout them Bobcats? Charlotte just keeps on trucking along through the quarter-mark of this season as it defeated Sacramento, 95-87, on Tuesday.

Kemba Walker continued his awesome campaign with a 24-point performance, and Gerald Henderson was a more than capable sidekick with 20 points of his own in this one.  Charlotte moved to 11-14 on the year and is still very much in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.

On the flip side, the Kings got some great games from some key players while losing one of their newest ones. DeMarcus Cousins went for 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas put up 21 points of his own.

But Rudy Gay was forced to leave the game with stiffness in his right knee. He has been playing very well in his new digs, so hopefully he won't be gone too long.

Warriors 104, Pelicans 93

The Warriors got Andre Iguodala back from injury on Tuesday night, and just like that, they got back to their winning (easily) ways. Golden State made quick work of New Orleans, 104-93, and it was once again the Stephen Curry show.

Andre didn't do much in this one, but he almost did...

Iggy's return was the big news of the night, but the Dubs' star point guard went for 28 points and 12 assists to push his team to the easy win. But Golden State also got a monster game from David Lee, who had 21 points and 17 boards, which is much easier to do against the Pelicans when Anthony Davis is out of the lineup.

The Warriors creamed New Orleans on the glass, 58-44, and held the the Pellies to just 37.5 percent from the floor. Ryan Anderson had 21 points and six rebounds in the loss.

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