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LaMarcus Aldridge scores 32, Trail Blazers prevail in OT vs. Clippers

LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed for a 116-112 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.


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PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed for a 116-112 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.

The Blazers have won seven of their past eight games and they’ve dropped just two games at home this season.

But the Clippers, playing the second of a back-to-back, mounted a challenge after trailing by as many as 11 points early in the second half. Blake Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Paul finished with 34 points and 16 assists.

Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle had 21 points for L.A.

Aldridge started for the Blazers even though he was a game-time decision because he had his wisdom teeth pulled. He hit a fadeaway with 39 seconds left in overtime and Portland went ahead 110-109.

Griffin missed a layup on the other end before Nicolas Batum made two free throws to make it 112-109 with 26.5 seconds to go. After Griffin dunked to narrow it again, Damian Lillard made two free throws for Portland.

Portland clung to a 114-112 lead with 13.4 seconds left and padded it with Wesley Matthews’ foul shots. Paul missed a three-point attempt as time ran out.

CLEVELAND — Jeff Teague scored a career-high 34 points, including a tiebreaking 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime, leading the Atlanta Hawks a 127-125 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Teague’s fallaway jumper over Tristan Thompson bounced off the rim five times before falling through the net. Teague, who also had 14 assists, fell to the floor after shooting the ball and was mobbed by teammates.

Teague’s three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 108.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 40 points, including 12 in the second OT.

Notes

• The NBA said its referees made a mistake when they ejected Griffin in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night. Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 left after scuffling with Andrew Bogut. The NBA said a common foul should have been called.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game against the Blazers that he thought Griffin handled the situation well.

“Everyone is a target at some point in their career,” Rivers said. “You just have to play through it.”

• Golden State forward Draymond Green was fined $15,000 by the NBA for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection against the Clippers.

• The Detroit Pistons assigned rookie Peyton Siva from Franklin High School in Seattle to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Siva, a second-round draft pick, has appeared in 13 games with the Pistons, averaging 5.8 minutes.

James Harden scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, helping the host Houston Rockets rally for a 100-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his 10th double-double of the season, helping the San Antonio Spurs take advantage of Dallas’ weakened frontcourt in a 116-109 victory over the host Mavericks.



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