Damian Lillard poured in 24 points and keyed a furious Portland comeback that lifted the Trail Blazers to a 118-112 overtime win over the slumping Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Fourteen of Lillard's scoring total came during the fourth quarter or overtime, and the talented rookie netted eight points as part of a 23-5 run that enabled the Blazers to overcome an 18-point deficit with five minutes left in regulation and force extra time. The young guard added nine assists in the improbable rally. LaMarcus Aldridge racked up 25 points and 13 rebounds and Nicolas Batum finished with 17 points and 13 boards for Portland, which also received 19 points from Wesley Matthews in its second straight victory after opening its current road trip with four losses. The Bobcats have now dropped four in a row following a surprising 7-5 start to the season, and failed to hold on to their seemingly comfortable late lead despite 29 points from Ben Gordon and a 22-point, 7-assist effort out of Kemba Walker.
Final Score: Detroit 89, Cleveland 79
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Knight had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-79, at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. Tayshaun Prince and Kyle Singler added 15 points apiece for the Pistons, who have won five straight at home for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 12, 2009. Jason Maxiell contributed 12 points, six rebounds and five of Detroit's 13 blocks. Anderson Varejao paced the Cavaliers with 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Omri Casspi, Tristan Thompson and Jeremy Pargo each dropped in 10 points for Cleveland, which was held to just 33.7 percent shooting in the game en route to its second consecutive loss and sixth in its last seven games.
Final Score: New Orleans 102, Milwaukee 81
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the New Orleans Hornets continued their home-court dominance of the Milwaukee Bucks with a 102-81 thumping at New Orleans Arena on Monday. Robin Lopez put home 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Jason Smith added 12 points and Greivis Vasquez contributed 11 and nine assists for the Hornets, who have won 11 consecutive home games against the Bucks. Lance Thomas and Brian Roberts donated 10 points apiece in the victory, which snapped a two-game slide for New Orleans. Brandon Jennings buried five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points, while Monta Ellis finished with 17 points and six assists for Milwaukee. That still wasn't enough for the Bucks, who haven't beaten the Hornets on the road since Jan. 27, 2003.
Final Score: Denver 113, Toronto 110
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Corey Brewer poured in 19 points to lead six Denver players in double figures on Monday, as the Nuggets survived a late rally from the Toronto Raptors to take a 113-110 victory at Pepsi Center. Kenneth Faried followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds, JaVale McGee netted 17 points and Ty Lawson donated 16 points to help Denver put the brakes on a three-game skid. Danilo Gallinari chipped in 13 points and Kosta Koufos added 10 points and 10 boards in the victory. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with a game- high 24 points to go with seven assists, while Andrea Bargnani tallied 23 points and DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points and seven boards for the Raptors, who haven't won in Denver since Dec. 30, 2003.
Final Score: LA Clippers 105, Utah 104
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Chris Paul's driving layup within the final minute put the Clippers on top for good, as Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Utah Jazz, 105-104, at EnergySolutions Arena. Paul finished with 14 points and nine assists, while Blake Griffin dropped in a game-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds in the Clippers' third straight win. Mo Williams paced five Utah double-digit scorers with 20 points and 12 assists. Randy Foye added 19 points, Gordon Hayward had 17, Al Jefferson contributed 16 with 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 13 for the Jazz, who lost at home for the first time this season and had their 13-game, regular-season home win streak snapped.