Blazers storm back to beat Bobcats 118-112 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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That's when Blazers coach Terry Slots told his players during a timeout that "a lot can happen."

"I've been on the other end of this before," Stotts said. "It doesn't happen often. But it does happen. And you have to believe that it's going to happen for you."

The Blazers began chipping away as Lillard scored 16 points after halftime and Babbitt provided a huge lift off the bench.

"Luke was big," Aldridge said. "He played solid on defense and he was big for us. They were doubling the block so coach wanted to put a shooter out there. You can't leave Luke out there open. He opened up the floor for us."

The Bobcats (7-9) have now lost four straight since tying last year's season win total.

Gordon said the game was a learning experience for a Bobcats team that starts two rookies and is one of the league's most inexperienced teams.

"NBA games are long," Gordon said. "I've seen a lot of crazy things happen and it's never really over until it's over. So, when you have that type of advantage on a team, you just have to keep your foot on their neck and try and put them away."

The Bobcats have won seven games this season but most of those have been close.

Coach Mike Dunlap said it looked like his team wasn't sure what to do when it opened a big lead. The loss also left the Bobcats' first-year coach second-guessing himself.

"It is unfamiliar territory," Dunlap said. "I thought I could have done a better job helping them, for example with substitutions or maybe a couple of post-up plays for Byron. So I sort of point the finger at me on that."

Mullens came up with one of the most impressive plays of the season in the first half with the 7-foot center driving down the lane and dunking one-handed over Aldridge.

"I kind of surprised myself with that one," Mullens said. "I didn't know he was there until Brendan (Haywood) moved out of the way. It was a great screen. He really sealed him. I thought it was going to be a charge."

NOTES: Charlotte's Gerald Henderson returned after missing 13 games with a foot injury, but did not start. Henderson played only 15 minutes and scored five points. ... Batum had his first double-double of the season. He also had a season-high seven assists.