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,"
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
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
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
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
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