Blazers continue to roll in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Portland point guard Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, continued his hot play on Friday as the Trail Blazers improved to 3-1 in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Weber State led all scorers with 23 points and added seven assists as Portland cruised to a 95-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Second-round selection Will Barton added 21 points in his top showing of the summer, connecting on 8 of 11 shots to go with nine rebounds and two assists in the runaway victory. Meyers Leonard, a 7-1 center out of Illinois taken with the 11th pick, generated 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes for the Blazers.

Portland managed a 27-24 lead through one quarter then opened the game up in the second quarter with a 10-2 run to take a 50-42 lead into intermission.

The Blazers extended their lead to as many as 14 in the third period and finished the quarter with a 77-65 advantage after Luke Babbitt scored 10 of his 11 points in the frame. Babbitt also finished with eight rebounds and six assists.

Portland (3-1) led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter after holding Denver scoreless for the first four minutes of the final period.

Denver was led by Jordan Hamilton's 18 points, while Evan Fournier and Demonte Harper each added 17. Portland also got 15 points from free agent guard Dee Bost.

A moment of silence was held prior to the tip of the game to remember those whose lives were lost in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. The Nuggets also wore black head bands in respect of those who lost their lives and were injured in the shooting.

Portland will return to action at 1 p.m. today against the Miami Heat in the final game of their summer league schedule.

Lillard's play has been among the best in Las Vegas since action began last Sunday. Through four games, he is averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds to complement his 44 percent shooting from the field (35-for-80). Lillard's also 11-for-29 from 3-point range (38 percent) and 25-for-28 from the foul line (89 percent).

Nolan Smith, the Blazers' top pick in 2011, was averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists and connecting on 58 percent of his shots (14-for-24) before suffering a head injury late in a 99-88 loss to Houston. All signs point to Smith being OK after taking a shot to the head on a drive to the basket and then being dazed enough to need medical attention last Tuesday.

Babbitt, a 6-9 forward, has been Portland's third-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game to go with 7.3 rebounds and two assists each time out. Barton (12 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists) and Leonard (10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds) are the only other Blazers averaging double-digit scoring.

Portland opened with an 85-82 win over New Orleans last Sunday before falling to the Rockets and then rebounding with an 84-78 win over Atlanta on Thursday. The summer league team is being coached by Kaleb Canales, who took over the team on an interim basis after Nate McMillan was fired during this past season. Dan Dickau and Hersey Hawkins are serving as assistant coaches.

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