Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 34 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers despatched the Washington Wizards to a franchise record-tying 63rd loss with a 108-102 victory Friday evening.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 34 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers despatched the Washington Wizards to a franchise record-tying 63rd loss with a 108-102 victory Friday evening.

Dalano Banton added 21 factors and Scoot Henderson scored 19 for Portland, which received its second straight. Jabari Walker completed with 11 factors and 13 rebounds to assist the Trail Blazers to their first consecutive wins for the reason that starting of March amid a seven-game highway journey.

“We’re simply engaged on us,” Ayton mentioned of Portland’s personal poor season. “We’re not likely fascinated by none of that stuff proper now. We know what occurred this yr. We know what sort of obstacles we went via. … We’re making an attempt to work on us so there received’t be no query about making the playoffs subsequent yr.”

Washington fell to 15-63. The Wizards additionally misplaced 63 video games in 2000-01 and 2008-09.

“Look, we’re all rivals right here, all people needs to win,” mentioned interim coach Brian Keefe, whose rebuilding staff is 8-26 since he took over for Wes Unseld Jr. in late January. “But we’re so targeted on the method to get to successful. Those stuff you don’t need to hear? Sure, we’ve all received stuff within us that need to compete and win video games. But we’re within the strategy of enhancing.”

Deni Avdija had 22 factors and 13 rebounds for Washington. Jordan Poole added 20 factors and Tristan Vukcevic had 17 for the Wizards, who’ve 4 video games remaining.

Washington shot a season-worst 15.2% (5 of 33) from 3-point vary. Poole hit three of these 3s however missed three in a row late, whereas his teammates mixed to make 2 of 23 makes an attempt.

“I appreciated the seems to be,” Keefe mentioned. “We received into what we needed. We simply missed them.”

After trailing for a lot of the evening, Washington took the lead with a 9-1 run. Poole hit a 3 sandwiched by two free throws every from Corey Kispert and Vukcevic, after which Kispert discovered Vukcevic for an inside dunk to offer Washington a 99-98 edge with 3:37 remaining.

The sport stayed inside a possession till Poole’s consecutive misses allowed Henderson to transform a three-point play on a leaner in visitors that lastly pushed Portland again to a 108-102 lead with 15.7 seconds left.

“Scoot’s Scoot,” Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups mentioned of Henderson, the No. 2 choose in final yr’s draft. “He was up and down somewhat bit with foul hassle which sort of saved him off of his rhythm. But man, what an enormous play he made on the finish. We wanted each considered one of them.”

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At Boston on Sunday evening.

Wizards: At Toronto on Sunday evening.

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