The Trail Blazers gave the Los Angeles Clippers all the could handle at the Moda Center on Thursday night, stretching the game to overtime in a 116-112 victory. Los Angeles thought they had a late win, but a Nic Batum three at the end of regulation pushed the game to an extra period where the Blazers took control.
Portland came out of the gate firing at the Clippers from deep. The Trail Blazers connected on six threes in the first half, including three by Wes Matthews.
The Clippers made a push at the four-minute mark, and a Chris Paul three with 1.6 seconds left in the second quarter saw L.A. down just 47-46 to the Trail Blazers at halftime.
The Blazers hit a barrage of threes to open the third quarter, with Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews doing most of the heavy lifting. Los Angeles battled their way back at the end of the quarter as Aldridge sat with foul trouble.
Los Angeles couldn't stop the Blazers from behind the arc to start the fourth, but the Clippers battled back. The teams went back-and-forth with under two minutes to go, and the Clippers took the lead with 40.2 seconds left.
Portland ran Batum off two screens on an inbounds play to tie the game at 101-101 with five seconds remaining.
Paul would miss a pull-up jumper on the next possession, forcing the game to overtime.
Both teams played tight in the extra period, with seven lead changes making for a tense five minutes of play. Portland took their final lead on an Aldridge turnaround jumper with 39 seconds left. Blake Griffin missed a layup on the next possession and Portland sealed the game on free throws.
For Los Angeles, Chris Paul had 34 points on 16-of-29 shooting, adding a game-best 16 assists and six steals. Blake Griffin scored 35 points on 15-of-27 shooting with 11 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 19 boards but added just two points.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 32 points on 15-of-31 shooting, hauling in 10 rebounds. Portland's offense came from all over, but the stat of the night for Rip City was team rebounding. They were +12 on the night, with Robin Lopez grabbing 15 boards along with 11 points.
The win gives the Trail Blazers an NBA-best record of 24-5. Los Angeles falls to 20-12 and is now tied with the Houston Rockets for fourth in the Western Conference.