The Portland Trail Blazers blew an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead last night before grabbing sole possession of the Western Conference lead, a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored seven of his 32 points in overtime as the Blazers downed the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112. Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each added 19 points for the Blazers, who went 8-for-8 from the line in the final 65 seconds to secure their league-leading 24th win.
In the NFL, Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 last night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play. Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal put the Patriots up 20-17 before Newton drove Carolina 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown.