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NBA: Jerami Grant’s career game powers Blazers past Knicks in OT


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FILE – Jerami Grant #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after throwing three points into the Phoenix Suns net during the third inning at the Moda Center on October 21, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points Friday night for the Portland Trail Blazers, who overcame a 14-point deficit in the first half and overcame the New York Knicks 132-129 in extra time.

Anfernee Simons had 38 points, and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 20, including a three-pointer that gave the Trail Blazers the lead with 3:31 left in extra time.

Josh Hart finished with 10 points and 19 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who broke a 4-game losing streak and won for the first time in 3 games without star defender Damian Lillard, who was sidelined because right calf injury.

Jalen Brunson scored 32 points but missed a floating athlete capable of winning the game from two meters just before the fourth-half final whistle for the Knicks, which had lost three of four games.

RJ Barrett had 19 points and 10 bounces, while Julius Randle collected 23 points. Immanuel Quickley had 18 points coming on from the bench, while Mitchell Robinson added 12.

Brunson scored 11 points in the second half 21-10, giving the Knicks a 56-42 lead with 4:49 remaining, before the Trail Blazers responded with a 20-6 score to close the first half and lead 62 -sixty one.

The teams swapped the lead four times and drew twice in the third inning before the Trail Blazers continued their 9-0 lead to take the regulatory lead with a 90-82 scoreline. Portland led 92-86 into the fourth inning, as seven consecutive late possessions ended with a lead or a draw.

A turn from Grant gave the Trail Blazers a 114-111 lead, but the Knicks scored the next five, capped by a Brunson swing with 13.7 seconds left. Simons sealed the score with a pair of free throws on Portland’s next trip before Brunson missed his chance to win the game.

Simons and Randle traded three points to open extra time, before Nurkic’s three-point match kicked off an 8-0 tie for the Blazers, in which the Knicks were trailed 0-3 with two legs.

New York went on to run one more time and pulled in 129-127 before Brunson’s change had 14.6 seconds left, but Grant hit two free throws and Brunson missed three.

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