The Miami Heat appeared to be cruising on Thursday night at the Rose Garden, but the Portland Trail Blazers stormed back in the second half, emerging victorious, 92-90.
The Heat got off to a 52-39 halftime lead, catapulted by a determined defense, but the Trail Blazers bounced back in the final two quarters, outscoring Miami 53-38.
Four different Trail Blazers scored in double figures, led by Nicolas Batum (28 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points, 15 rebounds, two steals).
Miami shot better from the field (46 percent to 38 percent), but Portland won the turnover battle, crashed the glass (11 offensive rebounds) and attempted 30 free throws (making 23).
The Trail Blazers improved to 20-15, while the Heat fell to 23-11.
Player of the Game: Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
Nicolas Batum simply did it all on Thursday night. He scored, got to the charity stripe, crashed the glass, found his open teammates and was disruptive on defense. The fifth-year forward was in the zone.
Up Next for Heat
Miami visits the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. The Kings are currently mired in another losing season, the relationship with star big man DeMarcus Cousins has become frayed and the franchise could be moving to Seattle soon.
Up Next for Trail Blazers
Portland visits the Golden State Warriors on Friday. The Warriors are 22-12 this season, led by David Lee and Stephen Curry, but they've lost their last two contests.
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