Tuesday January 20th, 2015

Damian Lillard was the last man standing -- or leaping -- during Portland's 98-94 victory over Sacramento on Monday. 

With LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined with a hand injury and DeMarcus Cousins watching from the bench after fouling out, Lillard uncorked a thunderous dunk in crunch time to help the Blazers snap a three-game losing streak.

The play of the night unfolded with a little under 40 seconds remaining and Portland leading 93-92. Lillard dribbled out some clock at the top of the key before splitting two Kings defenders and taking off towards an uncontested paint. Cousins' absence loomed large on the play, as undersized power forward Derrick Williams was forced into being the last line of defense. Rather than mounting a serious attempt at a block, Williams gave way as Lillard thumped home a one-handed slam.

Lillard finished with a team-high 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Wesley Matthews chipped in 17 points and three rebounds.

Rudy Gay led the Kings with a game-high 26 points and five rebounds. Cousins added 22 points and 19 rebounds but watched the final 1:42 from the bench after drawing his sixth foul.

Portland improved to 31-11. Sacramento fell to 16-25.

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