NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland
(Tuesday, February 16th)
Final Score: Portland 109, LA Clippers 87
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Martell Webster made a career-high seven three-pointers on his way to tying a career-best with 28 points, as the Portland Trail Blazers handled the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-87, at the Rose Garden.
The main story was the blockbuster trade that the teams made earlier in the day on Tuesday. The Blazers, who have already lost centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla for the season, acquired veteran pivot Marcus Camby from the Clippers in exchange for injured forward Travis Outlaw, guard Steve Blake and $3 million.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who have won two in a row following a two-game skid. Rudy Fernandez tallied 15 points off the bench, while Andre Miller chipped in 10 points, 12 assists, and six boards.
"I thought it was good," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "It was a good game coming off a break and executing defensively as well as offensively. It's always nice to see these guys knock down shots. Coming off a break like that, you're trying to get your legs and get your timing. I thought our guys did a nice job."
Guard Brandon Roy started the game after missing the previous 12 with a hamstring injury. However, he had just four points through 15 minutes of court time before his hamstring tightened up, forcing him to leave the tilt.
Eric Gordon finished with 20 points for the Clippers, who have dropped five straight. Rasual Butler added 18 points, while DeAndre Jordan tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in defeat.
"We just made a couple of bad plays where they converted on them and they started to hit a lot of threes towards the end," Gordon said. "They just caught fire for a minute, which we couldn't come back."
The Clippers started the fourth on a 9-1 spurt to get within five. Bobby Brown's jumper cut the gap to 79-74 with 8:48 to play. But the Blazers responded with an impressive 25-6 flurry to seal the victory. Webster capped the run with consecutive three-pointers to make it 104-80 with 1:49 remaining.
The Blazers ended the first quarter on an 8-3 spurt to take a 26-20 margin into the second.
Portland then started the second on a 13-4 run to create some breathing room. Dante Cunningham and Fernandez each tallied five points during the burst, which Webster capped with a trey to make it 39-24 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining. The score was 49-38 at the half.
The Blazers scored the first six points of the third to open up a 55-38 lead. Webster's long jumper with less than 4 1/2 minutes left had Portland in front 69-48. The Blazers held a 78-65 margin after three periods.
LA snapped a four-game skid to Portland with a 105-95 win at Staples Center on January 4...The Blazers went 25-of-32 from the foul line, while the Clippers went 8-of-15 from the charity stripe...Portland had a season-high 15 steals...Los Angeles turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 27 Portland points...Clippers interim head coach Kim Hughes is 0-4 since taking over for Mike Dunleavy.
02/17 01:38:15 ET