PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nicolas Batum said the 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave him a triple-double against San Antonio was the worst thing he's ever done in his career.
With the victory already in hand, Batum tossed his shot up from about 25 feet to cap the Portland Trail Blazers' 115-105 victory over the Spurs on Saturday night. The forward from France finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
He said he honestly didn't believe it would fall. And when it did, he immediately felt bad about it.
"I don't mean to disrespect this team," Batum said. "I've got three triple-doubles in my career. This one didn't count."
Damian Lillard had 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points in winning their 13th straight home opener.
But it was Batum's finish that provided the drama for the fans at the Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden Arena.
Marco Belinelli hit a 3-pointer that pulled the Spurs to 104-100 with 1:24 left. After Lillard made two free throws, Tim Duncan scored on a running hook shot.
Wesley Matthews dunked for Portland but Belinelli hit another 3 to make it 108-105 with 19 seconds left. Lillard and Batum made free throws before Batum hit his long 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left.
Batum casually threw the ball up, then shrugged in disbelief when it swished through the net.
"I didn't really think about it but I know it was a bad thing to do. I want to apologize to the Spurs organization," he said. "That didn't show a good side of myself or the Blazers organization. I did not want to disrespect this team. "
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said no offense was taken.
"Why would I be mad at that?" he asked. "He's a good kid. I don't care."
Only five other Blazers have had as many three triple-doubles with the team: Sidney Wicks, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Damon Stoudemire.
Duncan finished with 24 points in the first loss this season for the Western Conference champions. The 16-year veteran sat out the Spurs' 91-85 win Friday night against the Lakers after bruising his chest in Wednesday's season-opening victory over Memphis.
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