Damian Lillard lights up with 71 points for Portland

Damian Lillard has set franchise and career highs with 71 points - tied for the most in the NBA this season -- and 13 3-pointers as the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game skid with a 131-114 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Lillard tied Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell for the most points in a game this season after Mitchell also scored 71 in a win over Chicago on January. 2.

Lillard broke his own franchise mark of 61 points, which he'd done twice.

In the final minutes, the crowd at the Moda Center was on its feet, phones recording the moment, while chanting "MVP! MVP!"

Lillard left the game with 44 seconds left, tied with Mitchell, Elgin Baylor (1960) and David Robinson (1994) for the eighth-most points scored in a game in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain owns the league record with 100 for Philadelphia against New York on March 2, 1962.

Lillard had 41 points and eight 3-pointers by halftime. It was a career high in a half for Lillard and the most points in a half for any player in the league this season. He had 50 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Alperen Sengun had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, sitting in last place in the Western Conference with just 13 wins.

In other action, Anthony Davis registered 30 points and 15 rebounds, including a putback dunk for the late lead, and the Los Angeles Lakers erased a 27-point deficit to stun the Mavericks 111-108 in Dallas.

LeBron James scored 26 points on Sunday as LA won their fourth in five games by turning a showcase of Western Conference stars from a laugher into a thriller that featured 13 lead changes in the fourth quarter.

Luka Doncic scored 26 points for the Mavs, but the youngest of the four superstars was limited and frustrated after a 14-point first quarter that sent Dallas on their way to the huge lead.

Kyrie Irving had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

Australia's Josh Green contributed nine points and three boards for the Mavericks who dropped to 32-30, while the Lakers improved to 29-32.

Eastern Conference heavyweights Milwaukee made it 14 straight wins after edging the Phoenix Suns 104-101.

Jrue Holiday scored 33 points, Brook Lopez made a tiebreaking layup with 24.8 seconds left in the nationally televised game which didn't include Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (quadriceps) or Phoenix's Kevin Durant (MCL).

Boomers star Joe Ingles tallied just four points for Milwaukee, while compatriot Josh Giddey enjoyed a bigger scoring night in Oklahoma City's defeat to Sacramento.

Giddey had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the Thunder's 124-115 loss at home to the Kings for whom De'Aaron Fox scored 33 points.

Another two Aussies in Ben Simmons and Patty Mills both missed the Net's 129-127 road-loss against the Hawks.

- with AP

With AP.