LOS ANGELES -- With less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Clippers held a 10-point lead and a potential victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the palm of their hand.
But turnovers, missed free throws, timely shots by Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews and a mental gaffe by DeAndre Jordan helped push the game into overtime, in which Portland went on to stun the Clippers 98-93.
Chris Paul had 36 points and 12 assists and held Damian Lillard to a wretched 1-for-13 shooting night. Paul's potential game winner in regulation was off the mark, but it ended up with Jordan, who stood there with the ball under the basket with 0.7 seconds left rather than tipping it in for the win.
The loss snapped L.A.'s three-game winning streak, dropped them to 40-22 and prevented them from gaining any ground in the Western Conference playoff standings. They're currently fifth.
Redick's big night: With Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes both sidelined with injuries, J.J. Redick ran Portland's wing defenders ragged, scoring 26 points on 11-for-27 shooting, 11 more than his season-high in shot attempts.
Jordan's free throws an issue: Down eight with 4:01 left in the game, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts decided to intentionally foul Jordan, who went on to miss eight straight free throws after going 2-for-2 earlier in the game.
Hamilton to stick?: Before the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't sure if Jordan Hamilton would be re-signed to a second 10-day contract, but with lingering injuries to Crawford and Barnes (who both missed tonight's game), he leaned in favor of bringing the 24-year-old back.
"Most likely, the answer is yes. We've talked about it, but we have a day or so [to sign him]," Rivers said. "What we knew with Jordan was he could score. What he has to learn is the defensive end if he gets that end right, he'll be in this league a long time."
Up next: The Clippers have three valuable days of rest before Sunday's matinee showdown against the Golden State Warriors. Blake Griffin will have two practices between now and then to determine if he's fit for game action.