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PORTLAND — This win did not necessarily have the Trail Blazers celebrating.

Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Portland returned home with a 109-103 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

But the Blazers did not make it easy on themselves. Afterward, coach Terry Stotts was blunt in his assessment.

“He just came in and told us that when we build a lead we can’t make the game that hard on ourselves. We’ve got to be better,” said Damian Lillard, who had 18 points and eight rebounds. “In the fourth quarter we had a 14 or 15-point lead. I thought we played hard but we had a little bit of a letup and they felt they could get in there and get a run and we end up in overtime.”

C.J. McCollum added 22 points for the Blazers, who were coming off a winless three-game trip. The victory over the Hornets was their ninth straight at Moda Center.

Also Thursday:

Celtics 110, Wizards 104: WASHINGTON — Kyrie Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead.

Raptors 113, Knicks 88: TORONTO — Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists to lead Toronto.

Magic 100, Hawks 98: ORLANDO, Fla. — Evan Fournier scored 22 points and D.J. Augustin added 16 points and nine assists to lead Orlando.

Lakers 106, Thunder 81: LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points as Los Angeles beat short-handed Oklahoma City. The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

Warriors 121, Mavericks 103: OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead Golden State.

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