CJ McCollum was out for this game with a left knee strain, but All-Star Damian Lillard logged in the extra minutes and led the Blazers to a key win.
Lillard recorded a double-double of 30 points and a career-high 15 assists while also registering 3 steals on 9-of-16 shooting in 41 minutes of action.
30 PTS & a season-high 15 ASTS for @Dame_Lillard in the @trailblazers home W! #RipCity pic.twitter.com/ya1WcUnueB- NBA (@NBA) March 19, 2019
The Portland franchise had five other players in double figures with Jusuf Nurkic leading the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The visitors, who were suiting up without Victor Oladipo who they lost to a season-ending injury, were led by Myles Turner's double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. The loss is set to increase the game between the Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers for the third seed in the East.
The win was key as it came on a night when the Oklahoma City Thunder had dropped a game against the Miami Heat, now giving the Blazers a 1.5 game lead for the fourth seed in the West.
After playing on the road 10 times over the previous 12-game stretch, this was the first of a four-game homestand for the Blazers. Meanwhile, for the Pacers, this was the second of a four-game road stretch with games remaining in LA (against the Clippers) and Oakland.