The Clippers suffered their fourth straight loss on Saturday night without Chris Paul, wasting a nine-point lead in the final two-and-a-half minutes as the host Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 101-100 victory.
France's Nicolas Batum had a triple-double with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who scored the basketball game's final 10 points. Without Paul, the Clippers lost twice and appeared headed down the same road, as the Blazers led for most of the game. Portland held an 84-78 advantage in the final period before the Clippers rallied behind former Blazer Jamal Crawford, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Lillard scored 20 points and Matthews added 18 for the Blazers (22-21), who have won two in a row since a six-game skid. Blake Griffin had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers (32-13), whose current slide matches their longest of the season.
Tony Parker scored 31 points for the Spurs, who have won eight in a row overall and 16 straight at home against the Phoenix Suns (108-99).
Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points as the host Philadelphia 76ers stopped a two-game slide against the New York Knicks (97-80).
The Charlotte Bobcats ended a 16-game home losing streak as Gerald Henderson drained a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds to play. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost nine of 10 (102-101). Ty Lawson scored 26 points as the host Denver Nuggets cruised to their third straight win against the Sacramento Kings, who have lost four in a row (121-93).
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points, including a three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left, to give the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers their third straight win against the Toronto Raptors (99-98).DPA