LaMarcus Aldridge's buzzer-beating shot had barely left his hands when teammate Nicolas Batum raised his arms in victory.

Aldridge's turnaround jumper fell as time ran out and the Portland Trail Blazers came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the visiting Dallas Mavericks 106-104 on Tuesday night.

"I knew," Batum said. "I knew he was going to make it."

Aldridge finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which trailed 101-94 with 2:18 left. Aldridge also had a 3 -- the first one he's made this season -- to tie it at 104 with 4.9 seconds left. O.J. Mayo was called for charging with 1.5 seconds to go, and Aldridge hit his jumper after the inbound from Wesley Matthews with 0.2 seconds left for the victory.

"(Batum) has his hand up. He said he had a lot of faith in me," said Aldridge, recently named an All-Star reserve for the second straight year. "I had to watch it go in."

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 26 points in the loss, said, "We cannot let Aldridge get set on the block 10 feet from the basket and let him turn around and shoot a wide-open shot. We make those mistakes, especially on the road, and you are going to get bit.

"This type of loss is about as tough as it gets in the league."

The Blazers' J.J. Hickson had a season-high 26 points and 15 rebounds for his 25th double-double.

The Mavericks were without center Chris Kaman, who sustained a concussion in a collision during practice Monday, according to coach Rick Carlisle. There was no timetable for Kaman's return.


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Lakers 111, Hornets 106: Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant had 14 points and 11 assists in another pass-first performance, and Los Angeles hung on at home for its first three-game winning streak in five weeks.

However, the Lakers' 18-point lead with 5½ minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Earl Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch the victory.

Bucks 117, Pistons 90: Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter, leading visiting Milwaukee.

Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, becoming just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard.

Timberwolves: Coach Rick Adelman revealed that he was away from the team for three weeks because his wife, Mary Kay, has been suffering seizures.

Adelman returned to the Timberwolves after his hiatus on Monday and declined to talk specifically about what was bothering his wife.

Adelman said Tuesday he was urged by his wife to be more open about the situation. He plans to coach on Wednesday night against the Clippers.

Greg Oden: A person with knowledge of Cleveland's interest said the Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of signing Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick whose NBA career has been sabotaged by a series of knee injuries.

Oden said Tuesday he will not play this season but eyes a comeback for 2013-14.

Players union: Executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law from the NBA players' association, less than two weeks after a review criticized his hiring practices.