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NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland



(Thursday, December 26th)

Final Score: Portland 116, LA Clippers 112 (OT)

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicolas Batum hit a clutch 3-pointer near the end of regulation to extend the game, and the Portland Trail Blazers scored eight of the final 11 points in overtime to pull out a 116-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

LaMarcus Aldridge, who had three wisdom teeth removed on Sunday, filled the box score with 32 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Batum and Wesley Matthews each finished with 19 points for the Blazers, who have won seven of their last eight games.

"It was tough. The whole first shot I was tired and kind of sluggish. In the third quarter I started to feel better and by the fourth I was ready to go," Aldridge said.

Chris Paul missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation, spoiling an otherwise stellar 34-point, 16-assist performance. Blake Griffin, who was unjustifiably ejected in Wednesday's Christmas Day loss to the Warriors, bounced back with a monster 35-point, 11-rebound effort.

Jamal Crawford added 21 points in the setback, LA's second straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak.

There were seven leads changes in the extra session, the last coming on Aldridge's turnaround fadeaway while falling to the ground with 39.9 seconds to go.

Batum added two free throws for a 112-109 Blazers lead after Griffin was too strong on an inside post move, and it was a still a three-point game before Crawford split a pair at the foul line with 13.4 ticks showing.

Matthews made it a 116-112 game with two more at the stripe, and Paul was way off the mark on a wild 3-point try to end LA's hope of a comeback.

"We just slowed it down and tried to get stops. I made shots down the stretch and our guys just calmed down down the stretch," Aldridge said.

An ugly first quarter was summed up in a late Blazers possession that featured four consecutive misses and the Clippers losing a potential rebound out of bounds.

Portland held a 19-14 lead after 12 minutes and led by as many as a dozen in the second quarter before the Clippers pulled within 47-46 at the break.

The Blazers held a 76-73 lead entering the fourth and kept the Clippers at bay until Paul drained a jumper with 1:08 remaining in regulation for a 97-96 Clippers lead -- their first since it was 9-8 midway through the opening quarter.

After trading baskets, DeAndre Jordan blocked Aldridge under the basket and Paul hit a baseline fallaway over Matthews at the other end to give the Clippers a 101-98 advantage.

Batum, though, hit from long range from the right wing to tie it, and Paul drew iron on an open 17-footer at the buzzer.

"I always foul. The one time I don't, they score. That's why I always foul, so that one is one me," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about not fouling up three points.

Game Notes

Earlier Thursday, the NBA issued a statement saying Griffin should not have received the second technical he was whistled for on Wednesday, which caused his ejection ...Paul recorded his 24th double-double of the season, while Griffin pushed his total to 22 ... Jordan pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds ... Damian Lillard, who had scored 25-plus points in his previous three games, had just 14 on 4-of-12 shooting for Portland, which held a 60-48 rebounding advantage ... Portland overcame 17 turnovers ... LA turned it over just six times ... The Clippers are 2-8 in their last 10 in Portland.

12/27 03:07:58 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
Final
PIT 7
MIL 8
Final
NYM 5
ATL 7
Final
TAM 16
NYY 1
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
Final
TEX 6
CWS 3
Final
LOS 8
ARI 6
Final
COL 3
PHI 1
Final
SDP 3
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
ATL
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
SEA
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
NYY
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
Final
OKC 100
MEM 86
1:00pm Today
SAN
DAL
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
Final
PIT 3
CLB 4
Final
COL 4
MIN 2
12:00pm Today
NYR
PHI
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
NOR
DUR