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NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland

(Sunday, February 22nd)

Final Score: Portland 116, LA Clippers 87

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge tallied a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Steve Blake tied an NBA record with 14 first- quarter assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their eighth consecutive home win with a 116-87 shellacking of the Los Angeles Clippers.

San Antonio's John Lucas also had 14 assists in the second quarter of an April 15, 1984 game against Denver.

Blake ended with 17 assists and six points for the Blazers, who closed out a three-game homestand in perfect fashion to improve to 23-5 as the host. Brandon Roy chipped in 20 points, nine assists and eight boards in the win, while Travis Outlaw scored 15 points.

"Yeah, I got a lot of assists but you don't get them if your teammates aren't making their shots," said Blake. "I was happy about that. I had no idea (about the record). I was happy. I just went out there and played basketball and the guys made their shots tonight."

Nicolas Batum scored 10 points for Portland, which set a season-high with 38 assists on its 48 field goals. The club is now 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the lead in the Northwest standings as the Nuggets fell to Milwaukee, 120-117, earlier Sunday.

Eric Gordon scored 21 points to pace the Clippers, who have lost three straight contests. DeAndre Jordan and Baron Davis scored 15 points apiece, with Jordan adding 12 boards.

Aldridge poured in 18 points and Blake doled out 14 assists in the record- setting opening stanza to give the Blazers a 38-16 lead.

Blake's 14 helpers also set franchise records for most assists in a quarter and most in a half.

Rudy Fernandez' three-pointer and Roy's two free throws opened a 56-24 Blazers lead with 4:41 showing on the clock.

LA slightly trimmed its deficit to 65-39 heading into the break.

The Clippers never got within 20 points in the third quarter before falling behind 92-68 heading into the final frame. Outlaw scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to give the home team a 98-68 lead, and the Blazers cruised from there.

"They got a run (in the first quarter) and once they started running it was hard for us to get back," said Davis. "They had a lot of mismatches, we couldn't rotate out, they got hot. This team, once they get hot, it's tough to stop them."

Game Notes

LA shot a measly 36.7 percent from the field while Portland hit 52.2 percent of its shots...The Blazers outrebounded the Clips, 56-38...Portland's 38 first-quarter points were a season-high for one period...The Clippers were without forward Zach Randolph. Randolph was suspended for two games after punching Phoenix' Louis Amundson on Tuesday...The Clippers are 7-22 as the guest in 2008-09...The 2008-09 season series has the Blazers up 2-1, but the Clippers have won eight of the last 14 meetings. LA, however, have lost 15 of 19 and 27 of their last 32 trips to the Rose City.

02/22 21:18:15 ET

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