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    NBA roundup: Trail Blazers defeat Bobcats in OT

    Portland’s Damian Lillard splits the defense of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left) and Bismack Biyombo of the Bobcats on a drive.
    Portland’s Damian Lillard splits the defense of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left) and Bismack Biyombo of the Bobcats on a drive.

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Bobcats, 118-112, in overtime Monday night in Charlotte, N.C.

    The Blazers trailed, 97-79, with 5:17 left in regulation, but stormed back to tie the score and sent it into overtime on Babbitt’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds left.

    Portland never trailed in overtime.


    Damian Lillard scored 24 points and Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Blazers, who finished a road trip with two straight wins.

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    Ben Gordon set a franchise record with eight 3-pointers — all after halftime — for the Bobcats, who dropped their fourth straight game. Gordon finished with 29 points.

    Charlotte had a chance to win at the end of regulation but Kemba Walker’s drive and fallaway jumper from the baseline didn’t fall.

    Walker penetrated, pump-faked and got a good shot off that didn’t go down.

    Walker finished with 22 points and 17 assists for the Bobcats. Byron Mullens added 12 points and 12 rebounds.


    Clippers 105, Jazz 104 — Blake Griffin scored 30 points, Jamal Crawford added 20, and Los Angeles handed Utah its first loss at home this season.

    Crawford made a pair of free throws late and ex-Clipper Randy Foye countered with a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining. But Foye’s desperation three after stealing the ensuing inbounds pass missed its mark.

    Mo Williams led the Jazz against his former team with 20 points and 12 assists. Foye added 19 points and Al Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds but had a layup blocked by DeAndre Jordan with 26 seconds left that would have tied the score at 101.

    Nuggets 113, Raptors 110 — Corey Brewer scored 19 points, JaVale McGee had 17 points and five blocks, and host Denver withstood a late rally to defeat Toronto.

    Kyle Lowry had 24 points and Andrea Bargnani added 23 points for the Raptors. Lowry had 12 points in the fourth quarter when the Raptors cut a 17-point deficit to 1 with 2:18 left.


    The Nuggets led, 103-86, on a dunk by Kenneth Faried (18 points, 10 rebounds) midway through the fourth before Toronto came storming back. The Raptors scored 11 straight points before Danilo Gallinari hit two free throws.

    A 3-pointer by rookie Terrence Ross and two free throws by Lowry made it 105-104. Ty Lawson, who finished with 16 points, hit a 3-pointer and Toronto missed its next three shots as Denver built a 110-104 cushion.

    Hornets 102, Bucks 81 — Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Robin Lopez added 21, and host New Orleans won for only the second time in 11 games, defeating Milwaukee.

    Lopez shot 8 of 10 from the field and made all five free throws he attempted. He also scored 11 straight points during a pivotal 13-0 run in the third quarter that gave New Orleans the lead for good.

    Jason Smith added 12 points and Greivis Vasquez had 11 for the Hornets, who shot 52.4 percent (43 of 82).

    Brandon Jennings hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. Monta Ellis added 17 for Milwaukee, which shot 38.2 percent (29 of 76) from the field. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

    Magic 102, Warriors 94 — Orlando won for the second straight night to open its five-game West Coast swing, getting 24 points apiece from Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo and 22 points from J.J. Redick.

    Tied entering the fourth quarter, Golden State had its three-game winning streak stopped. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points.

    Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic.

    Pistons 89, Cavaliers 79— Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece, and Detroit beat Cleveland for its fifth straight home win.

    Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers.