Carmelo Anthony’s vintage effort for Blazers gets a strong reaction from Damian Lillard

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As the first question arose, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic squirmed in his chair.”He’s right there,” he said with an uncomfortable smile. “I don’t know if I can speak. ”

Carmelo Anthony was waiting for Nurkic to complete his post-game availability, and every question was on Anthony after a few tough moments for Melo sealed a critical 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Anthony made two big plays in the final three minutes, blocking a 3-point PJ Tucker with the score tied and drilling a catch-and-shoot 3 dagger right away with 54 seconds left to put Portland by five.

“Honestly, I don’t think you are losing this. If you have it, you have it, ”Anthony said of his clutch performance. “It’s something that you have to want, you have to be prepared to put yourself in these situations and enjoy these moments, take these pictures and believe that you can take these pictures. “

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