Blazers show resolve in win over Warriors

PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge felt he had missed enough easy shots for the night.

"I thought my time was coming," he said. "The odds had to even up."

They did. Aldridge hit a turnaround fadeaway jumper that gave the Trail Blazers the lead over the Golden State Warriors with 39.9 seconds to go Sunday night. He added a pair of free throws for the 90-87 victory.

Aldridge finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Raymond Felton scored a season-high 24 for the Blazers, who evened their record at 3-3 since Kaleb Canales replaced fired coach Nate McMillan.

" We talks about resolve and I felt like guys responded tonight," Canales said. "LaMarcus made huge plays down the stretch. He had a big shot, but more than that, he made the right reads and plays tonight."

Brandon Rush hit two straight 3-pointers that gave Golden State an 85-80 lead with 3:37 left. But two free throws later, Felton made a 3 to tie it at 85 with 2:32 left.

Wesley Matthews missed one of two free throws for Portland before David Lee's tip-in gave the Warriors back the lead. After Aldridge's jumper put Portland in front, Lee fouled Aldridge and he made his free throws for the final margin.

Golden State rookie Charles Jenkins missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer and the Warriors lost for the sixth time in eight games.

"I think we showed a lot about our team — the fight that we have, the fight we're going to have the rest of the season," said Felton, who also had seven assists.

Jenkins finished with a career-high 27 points starting in place of injured guard Nate Robinson, who strained his right hamstring in the Warriors' 111-108 victory over the Kings the previous night, was in uniform but did not play.

"Tonight coach told me to be a little more aggressive and I got it going a little bit. I was able to get away with taking more shots than normal," Jenkins said. "Luckily, they were falling tonight. Unfortunately, we didn't win so I can't celebrate."

The Blazers won despite shooting just 36.5 percent from the field (31 of 85). It is the only time they've won a game this season shooting less than 40 percent.

Jenkins pointed to Aldridge's defense on the final play of the game.

"It was drawn up for me to come off of a screen, but they switched it and LaMarcus Aldridge — his arms are very long," he said. "There was no way I could get the shot off with that little bit of time, so that was a tough play."

Both teams have dealt with upheaval in recent weeks.

The Warriors traded away fan favorite Monta Ellis and have been starting rookie Klay Thompson, who has scored in double figures in the last six games, including a career-high 31 points Saturday night against the Kings.

Thompson and Lee both finished with 16 against the Blazers.

The Blazers dismissed McMillan and traded away starters Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace at the NBA trade deadline on March 15. Canales was still trying to assimilate newcomers Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet, as well as forward J.J. Hickson, acquired off waivers from the Kings.

The Blazers jumped out to a 17-11 lead on Aldridge's dunk off a pass from Felton. But the Warriors closed the gap before the first quarter was over, and went ahead 27-26 on Jenkins' pull-up jumper.

Lee's layup and free throw gave Golden State a 41-33 lead late in the second quarter, and the Warriors were up 45-40 at the break.

Golden State stretched the advantage to 53-45 on Thompson's jumper, but the Blazers closed to 57-56 on Aldridge's dunk before going ahead on consecutive long jumpers from Felton.

The game shifted in Portland's way when Felton grabbed a steal but fell trying to control it, and passed it from the floor to Nicolas Batum, who went in for the fast-break layup and free throw to put Portland ahead 65-59.

Hawks 139, Jazz 133, 4 OT

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 37 points, Josh Smith added 22 and the Atlanta Hawks ended Utah's six-game winning streak in the NBA's first quadruple-overtime game since 1997.

The four overtimes tied for the third-longest game in NBA history. It was the ninth NBA game to go four OTs and the first since Phoenix beat Portland 140-139 on Nov. 14, 1997.

Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 25 points and 13 boards for the Jazz before both players fouled out in the final overtime.

Atlanta has won four straight and six of seven. The Hawks improved to 30-20 and moved one-half game ahead of Indiana for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Johnson ended the first quarter with 18 points after going 8 of 8 in the period. He missed eight of his next nine shots, including a potential game-winning runner with 3 seconds left in regulation, before hitting a 3-pointer that forced the third overtime.

With 16.9 seconds remaining in the fourth OT, Johnson's 20-foot jumper over C.J. Miles gave the Hawks a 135-131 lead. Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and nine assists, added a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to go to make it 137-133. Johnson's two free throws sealed the victory with 5.5 seconds remaining.

Each team scored only two points in the first extra period.

Thunder 103, Heat 87

At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his season high with eight assists, Kendrick Perkins added a season-best 16 points and Oklahoma City opened a difficult stretch in their schedule by beating Miami.

The two title contenders opened the day tied for the second-best record in the NBA, three games behind the Chicago Bulls in the race for the top overall seed in the playoffs.

Oklahoma City had 13 steals and forced Miami into 21 turnovers that led to 28 points.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points but also committed a season-worst six turnovers. LeBron James had 17 points, seven assists and four turnovers.

Spurs 93, 76ers 76

At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 21 points and San Antonio beat Philadelphia in a matchup of short-handed teams.

DeJuan Blair added 19 points for the Spurs, who won for the seventh time in eight games and swept the season series with the 76ers despite being without Tim Duncan. With the Spurs playing three games in three nights, coach Gregg Popovich gave Duncan his second day off this season.

Elton Brand led the 76ers with 12 points and Jodie Meeks added 11.

Celtics 88, Wizards 76

At Boston, Avery Bradley scored a career-high 23 points, and Paul Pierce added 21 points and eight rebounds to help short-handed Boston beat Washington.

Boston was without guards Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (head injury) but still had plenty to hold off the struggling Wizards.

Rajon Rondo had 11 assists, while Kevin Garnett finished with 10 points and six assists for the Celtics, who shot 22 for 34 (65 percent) in the first half. Boston led by as much as 25.

Timberwolves 117, Nuggets 100

At Minneapolis, Kevin Love followed up his 51-point game with 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead Minnesota over Denver.

Luke Ridnour had 25 points and six assists, and Wayne Ellington added 17 points for the Timberwolves, who have gone 3-6 since point guard Ricky Rubio was lost for the season March 9 to a torn ACL in his left knee. Minnesota is 11th in the West, 2 1/2 games behind both Houston and Denver in the race for the final playoff spot in the conference.

Kenneth Faried had 17 points, and JaVale McGee had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Denver.

Suns 108, Cavaliers 83

At Cleveland, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris scored 22 points apiece, and Phoenix never trailed against Cleveland.

Steve Nash added 13 assists for the Suns, who have won six of eight to get back into the Western Conference playoff race. Phoenix, which improved to 11-4 since the All-Star break, trail Denver and Houston by 1 1/2 games in the race for the final playoff spot in the conference.

Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 16 points for Cleveland, which has lost six of seven.

Grizzlies 102, Lakers 96

At Los Angeles, Rudy Gay scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 12 of his 16 in the fourth quarter, helping the Memphis Grizzlies avoid a winless road trip by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 102-96 on Sunday night.

Mike Conley added 13 points and Tony Allen had 12 for the Grizzlies, who squandered a 14-point third-quarter lead before pulling away in the fourth.

Andrew Bynum scored 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead the Lakers. Kobe Bryant finished with 18 points after a slow start and Ramon Sessions also had 18 in his second start with Los Angeles. Pau Gasol had 16 points on just 4-of-15 shooting while adding 14 rebounds.

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