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Lillard's 49 points lift Blazers over Heat, 115-104

The end of a five-game road trip, capped by a back-to-back, is not the usual scenario for someone to have an offensive explosion.

Damian Lillard apparently disagrees.

Lillard scored a season-high 49 points, tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and carried the Portland Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat, 115-104 on Sunday night. He had 16 points after checking in for the final time with 8:26 left, sparking a game-ending 28-18 run.

"I felt good, so in my mind I was like 'When I get back in the game, I'm just going to take the game over,'" Lillard said. "That's the kind of game I felt I had going."

Lillard shot 14 for 21 from the field, 9...