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Blazers find a way on the road

Lillard's buzzer-beater caps comeback, wins OT game at Detroit


Portland Trail Blazers 111, DETROIT PISTONS 109 (overtime)

Sunday night, Palace of Auburn Hills, 13,003 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• The legend of the 2013-14 Trail Blazers continues to grow.

The Blazers pulled out a win on a road back-to-back, gnawing at the Detroit Pistons in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime and winning with one-tenth of a second left on guard Damian Lillard's impromptu short jumper in a one-on-one play against Rodney Stuckey.

Portland shot 62 percent from the field in the first quarter to lead 29-22. Detroit had a 14-0 run in the second quarter, with Portland missing nine consecutive shots, and at halftime the Pistons led 51-50. Detroit was on top 84-73 going into the fourth quarter.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland leads the NBA Western Conference with 21-4 record. San Antonio and Oklahoma City are 19-4 and trail by one game. The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston are tied for fourth at 16-9.

• The Blazers have won four in a row and are 2-0 on their four-game trip.

TOP PERFORMERS

• For the most part, and as usual, the Blazers went through power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. He produced his 14th double-double, getting 27 points and 12 rebounds.

• Lillard had an off night shooting, but hit the game-winner and had a key tip-in late in the fourth quarter. He scored eight of his 23 points in OT.

• Center Robin Lopez had a team-high 13 rebounds. He had six offensive rebounds, including two that resulted in a basket to pull Portland within 97-94 with about three minutes left in regulation.

• Forward Nicolas Batum had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.

• Guard Wesley Matthews had 14 points.

KEY STATS

• Portland had 18 second-chance points in the fourth quarter and overtime against the NBA's No. 1 team in rebounding percentage.

• The Blazers are 10-0 against the Eastern Conference and 11-2 overall on the road.

• One day after hitting 21 of 37 (56.8 percent) from 3-point range at Philadelphia, the Blazers struggled, missing their first six attempts and finishing 7 of 26 beyond the arc, with Lillard 0 of 7.

QUOTES

• "Stuckey did a great job, but they told me that I was going to have to make a double move to get anything off. He blocked my first move, and I knew he wouldn't let me get to the basket, so I just spun off my other shoulder and put up a fadeaway. It felt good when I let it go, but a lot of shots felt good tonight and didn't go in."

 Lillard

• "It was the same play we had run three or four times in a row. We spread the floor with shooters, gave Damian a ball screen and let him make a play."

— Portland coach Terry Stotts

• "It says a lot about our character as a team. We played last night at 8 o'clock, got in here late, bad weather, guys were tired, legs were heavy against a team that's been waiting. It's tough to win on the road before all those things, so for us to be able to come in here and stick it out, find a way to get a win, that says a lot about us."

Lillard

• "We're capable of playing well defensively, as demonstrated. Right now, it's kind of a motivation issue. You always see it in the third quarter and at the end of the game when we need it."

Lopez

• "If this doesn't stink, I don't know what does."

— Detroit's Josh Smith, who led all scorers with 31 points

NOTES

• The Blazers were without backup center Meyers Leonard. He served a one-game league suspension for body-slamming Philadelphia center Daniel Orton during the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win on Saturday.

NEXT

• The Blazers play at 9-14 Cleveland, 4 p.m. PT Tuesday (CSNNW). The Cavaliers lost 114-107 Saturday at Miami.