Lillard has a season-high 60 points, the Blazers beat the Jazz 134-124

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard scored a season-high 60 points and hit nine 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 134-124 on Wednesday night.

Lillard ranks second in the NBA this season. Donovan Mitchell had 71 in an overtime game for Cleveland against Chicago on Jan. 3, and Luka Doncic scored 60 in Dallas’ OT win over New York on Dec. 27.

Jerami Grant added 19 points to help Portland win its second straight game.

Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 24 points. He had a layup followed by a tip shot with 5:20 left that put Utah up 115-108.

Grant and Anfernee Simons had back-to-back dunks to put Portland up 121-110, and the Blazers led comfortably the rest of the way.

When Lillard got to the free throw line late in the game, the home crowd stood and chanted “MVP! “MVP!” Lillard missed a jump shot with 29.1 seconds left that would have topped his career-best 61.

Lillard has four career games of 60 points or more. He has turned 61 twice.

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