NBA Game Summary - Portland at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Portland 93, LA Clippers 85
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Los Angeles Clippers, 93-85, at the Staples Center.
Brandon Roy added 23 points and six assists for the playoff-bound Blazers, who have won six of their last seven to tie Oklahoma City and San Antonio for the sixth seed in the Western Conference standings. Andre Miller scored 13 points, while Nicolas Batum had 11 in the victory.
Rasual Butler, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake each scored 14 points for LA, which has dropped six straight at the tail end of another forgettable season.
"It's always a little extra motivation [playing against the Blazers]. I just wanted to play confident and make something happen," said Blake, who was traded from Portland to LA during the season.
The Clippers, down 77-60 with 12 minutes left, were able to make it a single- digit game at 87-79, on DeAndre Jordan's slam with 5:22 remaining.
Eight points was as close as the Clippers got, as Portland held on for the win.
"I think we're doing a good job getting stops. I think we have to get our second unit going more to be successful in the playoffs," Roy said.
The Blazers led by as many as 13 in the first quarter, which ended with the visitors holding a 27-18 advantage.
The Clippers cut their deficit to one, at 45-44, on Kaman's jumper late in the second, but Batum scored five straight points before Baron Davis' driving bucket made it 50-46 at halftime.
A Roy 18-footer polished off a 10-point Portland run with just over four minutes left in the third to push the margin to 71-54.
The Blazers have won six of their past seven games with the Clippers, including three of four this season...Davis ended with 11 points and eight assists, while Jordan had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points...Portland center Marcus Camby suffered a strained right hamstring in the third quarter and is listed as day-to-day.
04/08 01:45:59 ET