NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 120, Portland 112 (2-OT)
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Baron Davis buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to a first overtime and netted seven of his 27 points over the two extra sessions as the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers, 120-112, from the Rose Garden.
Zach Randolph netted 38 points and hauled down 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won two of three and have notched three of their five total wins this season over the last seven games.
"This was a big win for us," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. "The second half, we were really terrific. Down the fourth quarter -- down the stretch -- our guys did a nice job and we executed well at the offensive end."
Marcus Camby scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards while Eric Gordon and Al Thornton chipped in with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Brandon Roy poured in 38 points and handed out nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the third straight game in the opener of a three-game homestand.
Portland started the streak with its first home loss of the season on Tuesday to Orlando and dropped to 7-2 at home on Friday.
Greg Oden had 15 points and as many rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge netted 22 points in defeat.
Portland looked to be in control after Roy pump-faked in the lane for a clutch floater that made it a 96-92 game with 28.7 seconds left in regulation. Thornton hit a clutch shot of his own, though, on the other end with a quick jumper for a two-point game with 20.6 on the clock.
That's where things started to unravel as LA began to foul, specifically the normally dependable Steve Blake, down the stretch. Over the final 20.6, Blake would hit just 1-of-5 from the line, allowing Davis to cap the back-and-forth frame with a three at the buzzer.
"I'm disappointed. It's tough to be the guy that lost the game," Blake said of his performance down the stretch. "I think we competed hard and we did some really good things to give ourselves a chance to win the game -- we just didn't do the last little things."
Gordon's layup with close to two minutes left in the first OT gave LA a 102-99 lead, but Blake hit a three to tie the game. After a pair of Randolph free throws, Roy tied the game with 48.2 on the clock with a turn-around jumper. Davis sank a jumper on the other end, but Roy buried another clutch turn- around shot after backing down a defender in the lane with 15.8 seconds left, sending the game to a second OT after Davis couldn't quite connect on a second buzzer-beater.
The Clippers were able to pull away in the second extra session by rattling off 10 of the first 12 points and after Oden swatted a Gordon offering -- the guard recovered the ball to sink a jumper for an 118-110 game with 41.9 seconds left. The Trail Blazers got another bucket from Oden, but missed on a series of three-point attempts to seal the game.
Portland led 32-26 after one quarter but LA came back to take a 57-54 lead at the break. The Trail Blazers came back with a solid third quarter and reclaimed the lead, 83-77, setting up a wild finish over the next three frames.
The Blazers had won three straight over the Clips, who improved to 3-7 away from Staples Center this year...Portland forward Travis Outlaw was sidelined with a bruised tailbone while LA big man Chris Kaman remains sidelined with a partially torn tendon in his left arch...Blake had 11 points and eight assists...Roy has posted 30-plus points in three consecutive games -- his only games of 30 or more points this season...Oden's 15 rebounds were a career high...Portland's Rudy Fernandez also had a career-high in rebounds with 11...Randolph's 38 points was a season high.
12/13 02:08:49 ET