Daily NBA Fix 5-13-14: Portland Avoids Becoming R.I.P. City

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Welcome to the Daily Fix for Tuesday, May 13, the morning after LeBron James channeled his Cleveland days and the Trail Blazers extended their series.

LeBron James set a new Miami Heat franchise playoff record with 49 points as the Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets on the road to set up a potential clincher in Game 5 at home.

The Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, lived to fight another day, winning Game 4 at home behind strong third-quarter efforts from Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez and a solid performance from second-year All-Star Damian Lillard.

The Blazers also—gasp!—got key contributions from the bench as Will Barton and Thomas Robinson to not only give their overworked starters a break, but also help keep the Spurs at bay.

Portland’s bench was able to maintain a lead and allow a fresher Lillard to go for the kill in the fourth quarter, which he did, scoring nine points in the period. The Trail Blazers never led by less than double-digits in the fourth quarter and Gregg Popovich pulled the parachute on the loss with his club down by 19 and less than seven minutes remaining.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter, something that could be a factor in Game 5 back in San Antonio.

But that’s a worry for later. For now, it’s enough that Portland avoided a sweep and staved off becoming R.I.P. City for another couple of days.

The Daily NBA Fix will do what it did all season long, deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players and, yes, we’ll still be handing out the Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards. We’ll also have informational tidbits and a look at the daily lines for those who want to drop a buck or two on a wager.

Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).

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