Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum, left, tries to reach the basket alongside Philadelphia 76ers player Matisse Thybulle, right, in the second half of their NBA game in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The Trail Blazers won 118-111.  (AP Photo / Steve Dykes)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 118-111 on Saturday night.

CJ McCollum added 18 points, Norman Powell added 17 and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Portland improved to 8-1 at home and 9-8 overall, the first time since Oct. 31 that it has had a positive balance.

Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey added 28 points each for Philadelphia. Joel Embiid missed his seventh game in a row due to the NBA’s health protocols against COVID-19.

A Harris layup cut the Blazers’ lead to 97-95 with 6:18 remaining, but that was all the 76ers got in the second half.

Portland Trail Blazers player CJ McCollum, left, tries to reach the basket alongside Philadelphia 76ers player Matisse Thybulle, right, in the second half of their NBA game in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The Trail Blazers won 118-111. (AP Photo / Steve Dykes)

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