Final Score: LA Clippers 96, Portland 83
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin had 23 points, nine assists,
five rebounds and two steals, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the
Portland Trail Blazers, 96-83.
Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the
Clippers, who snapped a four-game skid.
Los Angeles played its fourth straight game without All-Star point guard Chris
Paul due to a bruised right kneecap.
"Blake is the guy out there right now," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said.
"For us to win, Blake has to play at a high level. He's unselfish and makes
other players better."
LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who
had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Damian Lillard and J.J. Hickson
tallied 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The Clippers wasted little time in bouncing back from Saturday's 101-100 loss
at Portland's Rose Garden. Los Angeles scored the final eight points of the
first quarter to take a 33-27 lead.
The home team scored the final seven points of the second stanza to take a
55-50 margin into the locker room.
Holding a 64-57 lead with 6:56 left in the third period, the Clippers ended
the frame on a 14-5 run. Griffin tallied six points during the surge that
Bledsoe capped with a layup for a 78-62 margin.
Los Angeles cruised to victory in the fourth.
"It's tough to beat a team back-to-back," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
"The Clippers came out more aggressive."
Los Angeles improved to 20-5 at home this season ... The Clippers shot 51.2
percent from the field ... Portland turned the ball over 19 times, leading to
18 Los Angeles points.
01/28 00:58:43 ET
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