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Trail Blazers hold on for victory

Damian Lillard poured in 31 points as the Portland Trail Blazers held off a late rally to take a 100-95 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Denver cut an 18-point deficit to two before Lillard came up with some key shots to salt the win away.

Nicolas Batum added 16 points for Portland, while Denver's JJ Hickson recorded a career-high 25 rebounds.

James Harden needed only three quarters to rack up a season-high 43 points with eight assists as the Houston Rockets demolished the Sacramento Kings 129-103.

Houston led by 25 points in the first quarter and 33 in the third, allowing Harden to sit out the fourth quarter.

Dwight Howard collected 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Rockets made it 10 wins out of 11.

Evan Turner had 13 points on his Indiana debut as the Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 to improve to 43-13.

Kent Bazemore had a career-high 23 points for the Lakers.

The Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-103 on the road for their sixth win in seven. Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points and Joakim Noah added 20 and 12 rebounds.

Kevin Love collected 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Love collected his first career triple-double on Saturday against Utah before narrowly missing out on a second.

Minnesota used a late 24-6 run to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit.

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93, while John Wall's 27 points helped the Washington Wizards to a 115-106 win over Orlando.