Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/3/12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It would have been totally understandable had the Portland Trail Blazers folded down the stretch Monday night. Instead, the Blazers turned the sixth game on a grueling seven-game Eastern road trip into a night to remember. Portland rallied from an 18-point deficit in the final five-plus minutes of regulation, then pulled away for a 118-112 overtime victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The stunning comeback occurred after the Blazers trailed 92-74, but it was not out of character for the team, according to coach Terry Stotts. "It was an exciting game, and it was a fun way to win it," Stotts said. "Obviously, being down 15 or 17 with five and a half to go was not where you wanted to be, but we had guys make big plays on both ends of the floor. "We were resilient tonight. I think we've shown that from Day One. We've had some bumps along the way, but for the most part, they are resilient. They come back and fight, and they compete. From Day One, compete was the number one word." LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Damian Lillard added 24 points and nine assists. However, Luke Babbitt made both of Portland's biggest buckets. Babbitt's 3-pointer with 22.8 seconds left in regulation tied the score 102-102, which was enough to force overtime after Charlotte's Kemba Walker missed a 12-footer at the buzzer. Another Babbitt 3-pointer with 1:45 left in overtime pushed a one-point Portland lead to 110-106, and from there the Blazers went on to lead by as many as seven. Babbitt said that Portland's 28-10 run in the final five minutes of regulation was a tribute to the coaching staff. "(Stotts) put in a small lineup, and we started blitzing their pick-and-rolls and got them out of rhythm offensively, and we were able to clean up the boards," Babbitt said. "It's a game of runs. We made the adjustments, and that's what turned the game around. We started scrambling on defense and we went small on offense, and that was the key to the game." The Blazers (8-10) beat Cleveland in double overtime Saturday night after losing the first four games of the road trip. "What you tell your team is a lot can happen," Stotts said. "I've been on the other end of it. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. Things like that occur in the NBA, and you have to believe it's going to happen for you." The Blazers got 19 points from Wesley Matthews, and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Nicolas Batum. Babbitt finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers. The comeback stunned the Bobcats (7-9). Charlotte seemingly had the game in hand after going on an 18-0 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, and it appeared to be en route to snapping a three-game losing streak. Ben Gordon, who led the Bobcats with 29 points, set a franchise record with eight 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter. "It's disappointing that we had that kind of lead and didn't do what it took to get the win," Gordon said. "One thing I said after the game was, it's not over till the fat lady sings. "I know we were getting excited, were making some great plays on the offensive end. But that team on the other side, they stayed poised, they stuck with it, and they ended up pulling out the win. So my message is, the NBA game is long. I've seen a lot of crazy things happen, and it's never really over till it's over. When you get a team down, you have to put your foot on their neck and put them away." The Bobcats received 22 points from Walker, 12 from Byron Mullens, and 11 each from Ramon Sessions and Jeffery Taylor. Gerald Henderson returned for the first time after missing 13 games with a strained left foot, and he scored five points in 15 minutes. The Blazers close out the road trip Wednesday against the Pacers in Indiana, while the Bobcats finish out a three-game homestand Wednesday with a game against the New York Knicks. NOTES: The Blazers took Sunday off completely after arriving in Charlotte. ... Gordon came off the bench to lead the Bobcats in scoring for the third consecutive game. He topped 10,000 points for his career Monday, finishing the night with 10,006. ... Lillard led all NBA rookies in scoring at 17.7 points per game before Monday. The Weber State product also led all NBA point guards with 10 games of 20 points or more.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

Report: Josh Gordon will be restricted free agent after 2016

Chargers release statement on Joey Bosa situation

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Junk Diver: Yasiel Puig

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

The 24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker