The Associated Press

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When: 6 p.m. Sunday

PORTLAND — A gritty group of Trail Blazers backups was able to put away the Los Angeles Clippers.

Damian Lillard had 25 points and Portland won its third straight game, 116-105 over the Clippers on Thursday night. It was a tight game until the fourth quarter, when the Blazers’ reserves were able to get some separation.

“That was a grind-it-out kind of game. I thought our team did a good job just being present for the entire game. Our bench once again came through, with the spark down the stretch,” Lillard said. “End of the third, beginning of the fourth they had a really good stretch, opened it up a bit and left it there for us to close it out.”

C.J. McCollum added 23 points for Portland, which has won six of seven. The bench contributed 41 points and was critical when Lillard and McCollum rested at the beginning of the final period.

Also Thursday:

Thunder 98, Rockets 80: OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma City to its seventh consecutive victory.

Celtics 116, Suns 109: PHOENIX — Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Boston overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Phoenix.

Bucks 134, Warriors 111: OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry left with a strained adductor muscle in his left leg, and Golden State was unable to recover in a blowout loss to Milwaukee.

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