NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland
(Friday, November 5th)
Final Score: Portland 94, LA Clippers 81
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Portland to an easy 94-81 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Rose Garden.
Derek Anderson had 16 points and Zach Randolph contributed 14 points and 14 boards for the Trail Blazers, who are 2-0 this season after opening their season with a 78-75 win in Golden State.
Theo Ratliff tied a career high with nine blocks and equaled the team mark set by Bill Walton and Mychal Thompson.
"With Theo back there blocking shots and changing shots it allows us to put pressure on the perimeter," said Portland coach Maurice Cheeks. "We can gamble and take chances knowing that Theo can erase a lot of our mistakes. Even though he only played 26 minutes, he is so dominant, he has such a great effect on the game."
Chris Wilcox poured in a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to 1-1 on the season after winning their opener 114-84 over Seattle.
Elton Brand added 17 points for Los Angeles, which has dropped 11 straight and 24 of its last 25 games at the Rose Garden. The Clippers last won in Portland on April 11, 1999.
"Somebody was blocking some shots tonight," Brand said. "When a guy gets nine blocks, you have to look for a guy like that. It changes the whole game and it changes your shot so much."
Portland led 14-12 midway through the first quarter, but scored five straight points, keyed by three from Anderson, to pull ahead by nine. The lead grew to 10 moments later and the Blazers held a 29-20 edge after one.
The teams played close in the second quarter and Portland carried a 58-48 advantage into the locker room.
Abdur-Rahim scored 12 points and Anderson added 11 in the first half as the Trail Blazers shot a blistering 60 percent from the field (24-of-40). Wilcox led all scorers with 19 points as Los Angeles connected on 21-of-44 from the field (48 percent) over the first 24 minutes.
Shareef is a warrior," Ratliff said. "A lot of people have doubts about what he could do. But I know what he can do. Put the ball in hands, and it's time to go to work."
In the third quarter, Randolph's basket early in the frame extended the cushion to 65-52 and the lead grew to 15 later in the stanza. The Clippers did cut the deficit to eight points in the waning minutes, but Portland closed out the quarter by scoring eight of the final 10 points and led 79-65 after three.
Los Angeles never threatened in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers cruised to the easy win.
Portland held a 42-32 edge on the glass...Damon Stoudamire had 11 assists in the win...The home team has won seven straight in the series and 15 of the past 17.
11/06 01:35:49 ET