Down 18 late, Blazers rally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit two clutch 3-pointers and the Trail Blazers overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Bobcats 118-112 in overtime Monday night.

The Blazers trailed 97-79 with 5:17 left in regulation, but sent it into overtime on Babbitt's 3 with 22 seconds left.

Portland never trailed in OT.

Damian Lillard scored 24 and Nicolas Batum had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who finished a road trip with two straight wins.

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

Charlotte had a chance to win at the end of regulation but Kemba Walker's drive and fallaway jumper from the baseline missed. The Bobcats wanted to get the ball to Gordon, but he was well covered.

muted howard reaction: Lakers center Dwight Howard's usual jovial personality was missing after Sunday night's 113-103 home loss to the Magic, his first game against the team that traded him to end a contentious relationship.

Howard was often fouled intentionally and shot 9-for-21 from the line. He left without shaking hands or talking to his old teammates ("If he wants to walk off the court, it's cool," said Magic center Glen Davis. "I'm not here to be buddies."), and ignored questions from an Orlando reporter afterward.

Questions from other reporters that he answered:

What were his thoughts on being fouled intentionally?

"I don't have any thoughts.''

Did he feel like a chapter was closed by playing his old team?

"That chapter was closed when I got traded."

Is he happy in L.A.?

"Obviously, I'm enjoying myself.''

Howard added that all he could do to improve from the line was practice. Toward the end of the interview a Lakers publicist stepped in, telling the Orlando reporter to "quit antagonizing him."

sad time for Karl: Nuggets coach George Karl said he is having a tough time dealing with the death of his friend, former Utah and Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus.

Karl spoke about his friendship with Majerus, who died of heart failure Saturday night after being hospitalized for several months.

"It's still very hard for me," Karl said. "He's one of my best friends and I think most people in basketball know that. I'm mad at him, I'm angry he's gone, there's a lot of emotions going on in my head. Most of it is I've got to figure out how to celebrate our friendship for the rest of my life even though he's not going to be with us."

The two became friends while working at the Pete Newell Big Man camp at Stanford University in 1986 and the friendship grew over the years. The camaraderie extended to Karl's family, who considered Majerus one of them.

"Incredible friend. He treated me like I was his brother," Karl said. "My son called me and said he was part of our family. He's been with Coby since he was in sixth grade. A lot of roots, a lot of stories and a lot of love."

Blazers 118, Bobcats 112, OT

PORTLAND (118): Batum 5-14 4-4 17, Aldridge 12-17 1-1 25, Hickson 1-5 0-0 2, Lillard 6-16 11-14 24, Matthews 6-15 4-4 19, Leonard 2-4 0-1 4, Barton 3-5 0-2 7, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Babbitt 3-5 0-0 9, Pavlovic 1-3 0-0 3, Freeland 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 43-92 20-26 118.

CHARLOTTE (112): Kidd-Gilchrist 4-8 0-0 8, Mullens 5-14 0-1 12, Haywood 3-4 2-2 8, Walker 9-19 3-5 22, Taylor 4-10 2-2 11, Gordon 9-16 3-3 29, Sessions 2-9 7-9 11, Henderson 2-4 0-0 5, Biyombo 3-4 0-0 6, Diop 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-88 17-22 112.

Portland 26 25 19 32 16— 118

Charlotte 34 20 21 27 10— 112

3-Point GoalsPortland 12-35 (Babbitt 3-4, Matthews 3-9, Batum 3-9, Barton 1-2, Pavlovic 1-2, Lillard 1-8, Smith 0-1), Charlotte 13-27 (Gordon 8-12, Mullens 2-6, Henderson 1-1, Walker 1-3, Taylor 1-4, Sessions 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 58 (Aldridge, Batum 13), Charlotte 49 (Mullens 12). AssistsPortland 28 (Lillard 9), Charlotte 28 (Sessions 9). Total FoulsPortland 20, Charlotte 19. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second 2. A12,640 (19,077).

Pistons 89, Cavs 79

CLEVELAND (79): Casspi 4-11 0-0 10, Thompson 4-13 2-2 10, Varejao 7-18 3-6 17, Pargo 4-13 2-4 10, Gee 2-10 2-2 6, Miles 3-6 2-2 8, Zeller 4-8 0-0 8, Samuels 0-2 0-0 0, Gibson 1-6 0-0 3, Sloan 3-8 1-1 7. Totals 32-95 12-17 79.

DETROIT (89): Prince 6-10 2-2 15, Maxiell 6-12 0-0 12, Monroe 4-10 1-3 9, Knight 5-13 7-7 17, Singler 6-14 0-0 15, Stuckey 4-9 0-1 8, Drummond 3-8 1-4 7, Maggette 1-2 2-2 4, Villanueva 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 36-84 13-19 89.

Cleveland 17 22 24 16— 79

Detroit 30 26 19 14— 89

3-Point GoalsCleveland 3-20 (Casspi 2-5, Gibson 1-6, Sloan 0-1, Varejao 0-1, Miles 0-2, Pargo 0-2, Gee 0-3), Detroit 4-18 (Singler 3-6, Prince 1-2, Stuckey 0-2, Villanueva 0-4, Knight 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 64 (Varejao 18), Detroit 58 (Monroe 14). AssistsCleveland 19 (Pargo 8), Detroit 21 (Stuckey 6). Total FoulsCleveland 20, Detroit 16. A11,352 (22,076).

Hornets 102, Bucks 81

MILWAUKEE (81): Daniels 1-3 0-0 2, Henson 1-5 0-2 2, Udoh 2-7 3-3 7, Jennings 10-23 0-2 25, Ellis 5-12 5-6 17, Ilyasova 0-2 2-2 2, Mbah a Moute 3-9 1-2 7, Sanders 3-8 2-2 8, Lamb 2-3 0-0 4, Dunleavy 2-4 1-2 6, Harris 0-0 1-2 1, Przybilla 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-76 15-23 81.

NEW ORLEANS (102): Aminu 4-7 0-0 9, Anderson 9-14 2-2 22, Lopez 8-10 5-5 21, Vasquez 5-9 0-0 11, Mason 2-6 0-0 5, Smith 5-12 2-2 12, Henry 1-6 0-0 2, Rivers 0-5 0-0 0, Thomas 4-5 2-2 10, Roberts 5-7 0-0 10, Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 11-11 102.

Milwaukee 28 22 17 14— 81

New Orleans 30 23 24 25— 102

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 8-19 (Jennings 5-10, Ellis 2-3, Dunleavy 1-2, Ilyasova 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Daniels 0-1), New Orleans 5-12 (Anderson 2-6, Vasquez 1-1, Aminu 1-1, Mason 1-3, Miller 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 48 (Mbah a Moute 8), New Orleans 46 (Anderson 7). AssistsMilwaukee 20 (Ellis 6), New Orleans 29 (Vasquez 9). Total FoulsMilwaukee 16, New Orleans 23. A12,321 (17,188).

Down 18 late, Blazers rally 12/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 10:47pm]

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