Nicolas Batum held on to the game ball long after the confetti celebrating Portland's victory stopped falling from the rafters of the Rose Garden.

Batum had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists -- for his second triple-double in three games -- and the Trail Blazers edged the Los Angeles Clippers 101-100 on Saturday night.

Batum had his first career triple-double on Monday in Portland's 98-95 loss to Washington. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

But that one didn't quite mean as much.

"It's a better taste when you win the game," he said following the victory, the ball sitting in front of his locker.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Clippers, who played without guard Chris Paul for the third consecutive game with a bruised right kneecap.

The game was the first of a back-to-back between the two teams, who meet again in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The Clippers trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half but they reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter and held off the Blazers until Wesley Matthews pulled Portland within 100-99 with a layup and free throw.