Despite a career night from Allen Crabbe and some heroic shots by CJ McCollum to force overtime and double overtime, the Trail Blazers dropped a 125-124 decision to Detroit on Sunday when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a three-pointer with 9.4 seconds left in double overtime.
Crabbe scored a career-high 30 points and McCollum finished with 35, including three-pointers in the final seconds that forced overtime and double overtime.
“A heckuva game,’’ Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams made big plays … but it’s certainly disappointing.’’
The game was played after the NBA postponned the contest one day because of icy conditions on Saturday.
The Blazers (16-23) led 87-80 heading into the fourth quarter, but Detroit fought back and led 104-100 with under a minute left. But a three-pointer by Crabbe brought the Blazers within 104-103, and after Detroit went up 106-103, McCollum made a deep three with 8 seconds left to tie the game.
Reggie Jackson, who finished with 31 points, missed a driving layin at the regulation buzzer, and Andre Drummond’s tip in was ruled to have come after the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
The Pistons (18-21) again took a three-point lead in overtime, but McCollum again tied it, this time with a three-pointer off an inbounds pass with 22 seconds left. Jackson missed a chance to win when he missed a 20-footer against the contested defense of Evan Turner.
In double overtime, the Blazers had a 124-119 lead with 1:40 left, but they would never score again, with McCollum once again having the final shot, a running mid-range jumper that bounced off the rim in the final second.
“That was one of the best looks CJ had all night,’’ Stotts said.
Drummond finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit and Pope had 26. Mason Plumlee nearly recorded his first triple-double for the Blazers, finishing with 8 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists.
Next up: Blazers at Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (CSN)