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26 Nov 2015
27 Nov 2015
Batum's shot beats Cavs
CLEVELAND Â The Trail Blazers won't go winless on their road trip.
Nicolas Batum made sure of that Saturday night, sinking a fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime period to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-117.
Portland (7-10) had lost its four four outings on a seven-game trip.
"Nic makes those shots all the time at practice and shootaround, so we weren't surprised," rookie guard Damian Lillard said.
Lillard had a team-high 24 points and tied his career high with 11 assists. Batum had 22 points and seven rebounds. Wesley Matthews added a career-high 10 assists, with 11 points.
Small forward Alonzo Gee led Cleveland with 22 points, while center Anderson Varajao had a game-high 17 rebounds to go with five assists and 19 points.
The lead changed hands nine times in the two overtimes, and the teams were tied six times.
"The best thing about this game was my mom just got NBA League Pass installed today, so she watched me make the shot at 4 a.m. in France," Batum said.
Batum had made a shot at the end of the first OT that would have given Portland the win, but the officials ruled it no good after a video review showed it came too late.
The Cavs, who fell to 4-13, were looking for their first back-to-back victories since March 9-11, 2012.
Cleveland point guard Jeremy Pargo, who has been starting for the injured Kyrie Irving, was 3 of 12 from the field.
On the winning play, Lillard inbounded to Batum.
"Games like this are what we play for because they're so much fun," Lillard said. "It was fun for us and for the crowd."
Portland's next game is Monday at Charlotte.