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Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard scores 61 points in critical win over Mavericks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Damian Lillard launched from 33 feet and could only watch and wait as the ball caromed off the back of the rim and shot straight up into the air, with the fate of the game — and his Portland Trail Blazers’ frantic playoff push — hanging in the balance. The hottest player in the NBA bubble got the shooter’s bounce. The late 3 gave Lillard 61 points, tying his career high, and propelled the Blazers to a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. As Lillard relished the victory that wrested sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference standings away from the Memphis Grizzlies with one seeding game to go, courtside cameras captured the All-Star making a demand. “Put some respect on my f—ing name,” he said over and over again as teammates and coaches came to congratulate their hero.