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Hickson has 19 points and 15 rebounds and Blazers beat Suns 96-93

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    Three fans celebrate during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)The Associated Press

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    Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson, right, pulls in a rebound against Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat, from Poland, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)The Associated Press

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    Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown (26) shoots between Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, right, and center J.J. Hickson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)The Associated Press

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    Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson gets the ball stuck between the basket rim and backboard on an alley-oop dunk attempt during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)The Associated Press

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    Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola, right, from Argentina, and center Marcin Gortat, middle, from Poland, battle for a rebound with Portland Trail Blazers center J.J. Hickson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)The Associated Press

J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Rookie Damian Lillard had 25 points, including 18 in the second half.

Sasha Pavolic and Lillard made consecutive 3-pointers as Portland pulled in front 92-85 with 4:02 left. The Suns got to within 94-91 on Marcin Gortat's layup with 1:24 to go.

After Lillard's 19-foot, step-back jumper, Jared Dudley had a layup for the Suns to make it 96-93. Phoenix furiously tried to get a shot off in the final seconds, but Goran Dragic missed a 3-pointer, and Shannon Brown missed a short jumper.

Gortat had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Phoenix.