PORTLAND, Ore. -- His buzzer-beating 3-pointer was still under review but Jordan Crawford knew it was good. And so did his Washington Wizards teammates, who engulfed him in a dog pile on the floor of the Rose Garden.
If I could get the game ball you know I would keep it, Crawford said after his 30-foot-jumper beat the clock and gave Washington a 98-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Crawford's fade-away and a corner 3-pointer gave the Wizards an 82-75 lead, their largest to that point, with just more than 7 minutes left in the game. Rookie Damian Lillard's dunk pulled the Blazers to 91-90 with 2:21 left. Former Blazer Martell Webster and John Wall answered with consecutive dunks, but Lillard added a layup and Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 7.9 seconds left.
Crawford's game winner was reviewed but it didn't stop the Wizards' celebration. I just wanted to get a clean look, make a good play, Crawford said. John (Wall) set the play; we wanted to get the defense moving and I got open. Tonight I was able to make it. I knew that shot had a chance.
Nicolas Batum had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but the Blazers lost their season-high sixth straight. The French forward was the first Portland player to have a triple-double since 2008.
I don't really count it, Batum said about his feat. We got swept by the Wizards this year.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Portland (20-21), which lost its fourth straight at home after a nine-game winning streak. Lillard finished with 18 points.
We need to win a game. I don't think anyone is worried or panicked. We just need to win a game, Lillard said.
NOTES: Washington's 34 first-quarter points were a season high. ... The Blazers' 13 points in the third quarter were a season low. ... All of the Blazers' starters finished in double figures. ... Batum's triple-double was just the third by a Blazer at the Rose Garden. ... It was Portland's 10th consecutive game that has been decided by six points or fewer, an ongoing franchise record. ... Washington won both meetings against the Blazers for the first time since the 2004-05 season.