Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin had 36 points and 10
rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed 122-177 in a see-saw affair
against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
Jamal Crawford supplied 25 points and Chris Paul scored 20 and dished out 12
assists for the Clippers, who head into the All-Star break on a three-game
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, one of six Blazers in double figures, while
Damian Lillard went 8-of-12 from the field and finished with 21 points.
Portland has lost six of nine.
In a game that featured 40 lead changes, the Clippers went ahead for good when
Paul's jumper made it 116-115 with 3:03 remaining.
With the Blazers trailing by three, Nicolas Batum missed consecutive shots
from beyond the arc in the final minute. Crawford then capped a 10-of-11
effort at the free-throw line and sealed the win by sinking two attempts with
15.7 seconds remaining.
Neither team led by more seven points throughout the tightly contested game.
Griffin has scored 25 points or more in eight straight games, tying Elton
Brand for the most since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles ... The Clippers
won a fifth consecutive home meeting with Portland ... Paul surpassed 11,000
points for his career ... LA's DeAndre Jordan grabbed only six rebounds. He
had recorded at least 10 rebounds in each of his previous 31 games ... Batum
totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
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