NBA Game Summary - Portland at LA Clippers
(Sunday, January 1st)
Final Score: LA Clippers 93, Portland 88
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul had 17 points and made several key plays at both ends of the court in the final seconds, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Paul, who had seven assists, made a layup to give the Clippers a 92-88 lead and then guarded Jamal Crawford tough at the other end, forcing a jump ball as Crawford tried to get a shot off.
Five inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 Portland guard, Paul won the jump ball and Los Angeles gained possession with 2.6 seconds left to seal its third win in the last 15 games against the Blazers.
"I take pride in controlling the game. As a point guard, you have to," said Paul. "This was a very important win against a good Portland team. We have to win and that's what I came here to do."
Blake Griffin scored 20 points with 10 rebounds to lead Los Angeles and Caron Butler added 19 points.
The Clippers snapped a two-game losing streak, winning for the first time since beating Golden State in Paul's debut with the team on Christmas.
Crawford had a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Blazers, who fell to 3-1 in their first road game of the season. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and reserve Nicolas Batum scored 15.
"We didn't play well at all tonight," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan. "We're turning the ball over like crazy and we're playing in a hurry."
The Clippers stretch their lead from eight points at halftime to 16 points early in the third quarter with a 10-2 run capped by Griffin's dunk to make it 52-36.
They pushed their lead to a game-high 17 points entering the fourth, 69-52, and later withstood a 16-5 run without giving up the advantage. Crawford's three-point play capped the surge for the Blazers, pulling them within 81-77 with 5:14 remaining.
It got as close as two points on Aldridge's bucket in the final minute, but Paul's layup doubled the LA advantage.
"Our guys gutted it out down the stretch," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro.
The Clippers had a 21-17 lead after the first quarter and were ahead 44-36 at halftime.
The Clippers are in a stretch where they play 10 of 12 games at home. They shot 48 percent from the floor and held Portland to 42.3 percent shooting.
01/02 00:57:21 ET