Batum's 3-pointer lifts Blazers over Cavs in 2OTs

Batum's 3-pointer lifts Blazers over Cavs in 2OTs
December 1, 2012, 10:47 pm
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17), from Brazil, grabs a rebound ahead of Portland Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard (11) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


CLEVELAND (AP) Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 118-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Trailing 117-115 with 2.5 seconds remaining, Portland called timeout and inbounded near midcourt. Damian Lillard passed to Batum, who hit a fadeaway jumper from the right corner in front of Cleveland's bench. With time only for a tip-in attempt, the Cavaliers couldn't get a shot off before time expired.

Lillard led Portland with 24 points while Batum added 22. Alonzo Gee paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, but missed a free throw that would have given them a three-point lead before Batum's shot.

Anderson Varejao had 19 points and 17 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double.