CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- After playing six games in eight days on the East coast, you might think the travel weary Portland Trail Blazers might be ready to run out of steam. Hardly.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers and Portland overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 118-112 in overtime Monday night.
The Blazers trailed 97-79 with 5:17 left in regulation, but stormed back to tie the score and sent it into overtime on Babbitt's 3 with 22 seconds left. We showed a lot of heart and determination, Aldridge said.
To win their second straight game the Blazers had to find a way to stop Ben Gordon, who set a Bobcats' franchise record with eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to eclipse 10,000 for his career.
Damian Lillard scored 24 points and Nicolas Batum added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who finish their seven-game road trip at Indiana on Wednesday.
We are showing that anything is possible if we crack down and we play defense, Aldridge said. Down the stretch we were aggressive, hit the board and started trapping off the pick and roll. We had to make Ben Gordon and (Kemba) Walker pass the ball.
Charlotte carried the momentum into the final period opening with a flurry, scoring the first 12 points with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist adding six during the stretch and Gordon hitting two more 3s to push the lead to 18. 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.
Batum had his first double-double of the season. He also had a season-high seven assists.