Portland beats Cleveland in 2-overtime thriller | NBA
Nicolas Batum's three-point basket with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-117 victory over the host Cleveland Cavaliers.
CLEVELAND — Nicolas Batum's three-point basket with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Trailing 117-115 with 2.5 seconds remaining, Portland called timeout and inbounded near midcourt. Damian Lillard passed to Batum, who made a fadeaway jumper from the right corner in front of Cleveland's bench.
"Nic makes those shots all the time at practice and shootaround, so we weren't surprised," rookie Lillard said.
Lillard scored 24 points and Batum added 22.
Portland is 1-4 so far on its seven-game trip.
Spurs win in OT
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 30 points, Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs shook off a "disappointing" $250,000 fine by the league to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-95 in overtime.
Coach Gregg Popovich said before the game he doesn't know if the Spurs will appeal the league's penalty for sending Duncan, Parker and two others home to rest Thursday instead of them suiting up against the defending champion Miami Heat in a nationally televised game.
Popovich said he was "disappointed" in the fine and added, "What I do from my perspective is from a coaching perspective. And I think the league operates from a business perspective. And I think that's reflective in the action that they took."
• Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 34 points on 14-for-20 shooting as host Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89 in a matchup of teams that entered with five-game winning streaks. The Heat, which trailed by 14 points in the second quarter, leads the Eastern Conference at 12-3.
The Nets lost to Miami for the 12th straight time.
• Ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored 22 points to lead the host Golden State Warriors to a 103-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
• Reserve Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored a team-high 17 points as the Los Angeles Clippers overwhelmed the visiting Sacramento Kings 116-81.
The Clippers and Warriors are tied for the Pacific Division lead at 10-6.
• Kevin Durant scored 20 points to help visiting Oklahoma City beat New Orleans 100-79.
• The Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 91-88 home victory after the Boston Celtics scored the first 17 points of the game.