Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/27/13
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jamal Crawford was pretty sure he was going to be the hero for his new team on his old stomping grounds. When Crawford's 20-foot jump shot bounced off the rim as time expired Saturady, guaranteeing the Portland Trail Blazers a 101-100 victory over Crawford's Los Angeles Clippers, he was as surprised as the Rose Garden throng was elated. "I thought it was in," said Crawford, who played for the Trail Blazers last season. "That's the shot I wanted. I saw the defense behind (Nicolas Batum). I got the space I wanted -- everything. I thought it was in when I let it go." Crawford scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, fueling a comeback that brought the Clippers (32-13) from 13 points down to a nine-point lead in the closing minutes. Down 100-91 with 2:38 remaining, Portland scored the game's final 10 points to send the Garden denizens home happy. Batum collected 20 points, a career-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds -- his second triple-double in three gam...
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