However, it was the
Portland scored on three alley-oop lobs in the extra period. After
Then Batum provided the closer, drilling a three-pointer with 21 seconds left for the final margin.
Batum finished with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
The loss ended the Clippers' three-game winning streak and dropped them three games in the loss column behind the third-seeded Trail Blazers in the Western Conference and two behind the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets.
The Clippers, who had an 85-75 lead with under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, watched Portland tie the score at 87-87 on a three-pointer by Batum with 25.1 seconds left.
Paul then threw up a running bank shot that went in and out, sending the game into overtime after
"This loss was a lesson for our team," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "You outplayed them for 48 minutes, you gifted them, and they outplayed you for five minutes in overtime. But part of it was our spirit [getting low], there's no doubt about that."
Paul had 36 points and 12 assists, but it wasn't enough to carry the Clippers to a victory.
Paul was good on defense against
Jordan continued his rebounding prowess, and his defense on Portland All-Star power forward Aldridge was good for the most part.
Jordan grabbed 19 rebounds, the 10th consecutive game he has had at least 15 rebounds. That is the longest active streak in the
His defense held Aldridge to 12-for-30 shooting.
Jordan's only flaw was his normal flaw — shooting free throws.
With 4:01 left and the Clippers protecting an eight-point lead, the Trail Blazers began to intentionally foul Jordan. He missed all six of his free throws during that span.
When Paul picked up his fourth foul with 4:16 left in the third and took a seat on the bench, the Clippers led by 11 points.
Paul had held Lillard one point at that point, forcing him into missing his first eight shots. Lillard did have a career-high 18 rebounds.
With Paul out, the Clippers lost most of their third-quarter lead, holding a 68-66 edge entering the fourth.
Paul started the fourth quarter, putting his team in a good position. But the Trail Blazers rallied to win their fourth game in a row.