Trail Blazers storm back to beat Bobcats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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 fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 118-112 in overtime Monday night.

Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' win over the Bobcats on Monday night.  CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' win over the Bobcats on Monday night.

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 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 consecutive wins.

Ben Gordon set a franchise record with eight 3-pointers – all after halftime – for the Bobcats, who dropped their fourth consecutive game. Gordon finished with 29 points to surpass 10,000 for his NBA career.

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.

PISTONS 89, CAVALIERS 79

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and Detroit dropped Cleveland for its fifth consecutive home win.

Detroit is 1-10 on the road but 5-3 at home, and the Pistons have recovered after losing their first eight games of the season. They beat Phoenix by 40 last week in their previous home game.

Cleveland was without guard Dion Waiters, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.

JAMES HONORED

Miami Heat star LeBron James was named the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

Last season, James earned MVP award for the regular-season and NBA Finals as he ended years of frustration by capturing his first career title.

– From staff reports


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