The Associated Press

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PORTLAND — New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said it may be time to get Damian Lillard into the Most Valuable Player conversation.

“The guy is playing fantastic. He might be one of those guys you’ve got to start talking about that MVP too with the way he’s playing,” New York’s coach said after Lillard scored 37 points in a 111-87 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Lillard made eight 3-pointers, one off his career high, in the Blazers’ eighth straight win.

C.J. McCollum added 19 points for the Blazers, on their longest winning streak since winning nine in a row in 2014. They have moved into third place in the Western Conference standings.

Even the fans have lofty expectations for Lillard, chanting “MVP! MVP!” at times when he got to the free-throw line.

“I said after I won Rookie of the Year, I said I think I can be MVP in this league,” he said. “Being in the discussion, it’s an honor to be mentioned, but I don’t look at that and think ‘Oh they mentioned me in the MVP discussion.’ I feel that’s the level of player I can be.”

Lillard added that he believes this has been his best season. He is averaging 26.8 points, but he has been particularly effective over the streak.

The Blazers hit a season-high 20 3-pointers in 33 attempts (60 percent).

Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight. It was Kanter’s 32nd double-double this season, a career high. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 19 points.

New York has won just one of its last 14 games. The Knicks trailed by as many as 22 points.

The game in Portland was the third of a four-game road trip for the Knicks and comes off a 102-99 loss to the Kings on Sunday. Sacramento’s Skal Labissiere had a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to win it.

Also Tuesday:

Rockets 122, Thunder 112: OKLAHOMA CITY — Chris Paul scored 25 points in Houston’s 16th straight win. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Trevor Ariza added 15 points for the Rockets, who are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history behind the 2007-08 team that won 22 straight.

Wizards 117, Heat 113: WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Washington had its best 3-point shooting night of the season.

Raptors 106, Hawks 90: TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and Toronto beat Atlanta for its fifth straight win.

76ers 128, Hornets 114: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Robert Covington scored 22 points and Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double as Philadelphia handed Charlotte its fourth straight loss.

Mavericks 118, Nuggets 107: DALLAS — Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points to lift Dallas.

Pelicans 121, Clippers 116: LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 41 points despite a rib contusion and New Orleans won its ninth straight. Davis tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had 13 rebounds.

Warriors 114, Nets 101: OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six 3-pointers, and Golden State won its sixth straight since the All-Star break.