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NBA: Jerami Grant’s last-second shot pushes Blazers past Suns

NBA: Jerami Grant’s last-second shot pushes Blazers past Suns

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Jerami Grant #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after his three-pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the third quarter at the Moda Center on October 21, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Jerami Grant sank a fadeaway jumper from the right baseline as time expired to give the Portland Trail Blazers a dramatic 108-106 victory over the host Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Grant scored a season-high 30 points and capped off his night in style as Justise Winslow threw a high inbounds pass in his direction with one second remaining. Grant was able to break away from Phoenix big man Deandre Ayton to catch and turn the shot as Portland beat the Suns for the second time this season.

Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and eight rebounds, Winslow had 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Nassir Little also had 12 points for the Trail Blazers. Keon Johnson had 11 points.

Devin Booker scored 25 points for Phoenix, which snapped a five-game winning streak. Ayton has 24 points and eight rebounds after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury.

Damion Lee scored 11 of his 13 fourth quarter points for the Suns. Mikal Bridges added 12 points and Chris Paul had 11 assists.

It was the first of consecutive games between the teams. They also play Saturday night in Phoenix. The Suns have only lost to the Trail Blazers this season.

Portland star Damian Lillard (calf) missed his third game in a row and teammate Anfernee Simons (foot) also sat out.

Cameron Johnson of Phoenix hurt his right knee in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game.

Nurkic drained a 3-pointer with 38.7 seconds left to give Portland a 104-103 lead. Booker answered with a trey to give the Suns a two-point advantage with 31.3 seconds left.

Nurkic scored on a backhand with 23.4 seconds left.

Phoenix shot 43.4 percent from the field, including 14 of 34 from 3-pointers.

The Trail Blazers connected on 50.6 percent of their field goal attempts and were 10 of 23 from behind the arc.

The Suns trailed 15 points midway through the quarter before making a run in the final period.

Damion Lee had two 3-pointers in 40 seconds on an 8-1 surge to put Phoenix 93-92 with 7:23 left in the game.

More than three minutes later, Lee sank a 3-point corner to level the score at 97 with 4:16 to go.

Phoenix got ahead of Booker’s short shot with 2:52 to go for its first lead since the start of the second quarter.

Nurkic answered inside 23 seconds later to tie it at 101, but Ayton scored on a tip to put the Suns back in front with 46.1 seconds left.

Grant scored 16 of 18 first-half points in the second quarter to help Portland hold on to a 59-49 lead.


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