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Lillard reappears and the Blazers dominate the Pacers

Portland Trail Blazers Guard Damian Lillard Goes Up For A Layup In A Game Against The Indiana Pacers On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Craig Micheldere)
Portland Trail Blazers Guard Damian Lillard Goes Up For A Layup In A Game Against The Indiana Pacers On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Craig Micheldere)
Portland Trail Blazers Guard Damian Lillard Goes Up For A Layup In A Game Against The Indiana Pacers On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.  (Ap Photo/Craig Micheldere)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard goes up for a layup in a game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/Craig Micheldere)

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard goes up for a layup in a game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/Craig Micheldere)

Portland, Ore. ( Associated Press) – Jeremy Grant scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 116-110 on Sunday night.

Blazers star Damian Lillard had 21 points and six assists in his first game since suffering a calf injury on November 19. Anfernie Simmons contributed 22 points and six assists, while Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and six boards.

Myles Turner led the Pacers with 24 points and nine rebounds. Buddy Hield added 22 points for Indiana, which was without starting point guard Tyrese Halliburton.

Lillard hit his first field goal, a 3-pointer from the corner. With Lillard back in uniform, Portland held the Pacers in check for most of the game. Although Indiana jumped out to an early lead by shooting 6-for-10 in the first quarter, Portland was in control for the rest of the game.

The Blazers demonstrated their long-range shooting, hitting 17 of 40 3-point attempts, 42.5%. Ball movement was key for Portland, who made 32 assists on 42 field goals.

A 3-pointer from Grant extended the lead to 68–53 with 8:54 left in the third quarter, and another 3-pointer from Simmons made it 89–67 with less than two minutes left in the fourth. Portland entered the final period with a 93–74 lead.

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