NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Portland
(Friday, December 15th)
Final Score: Portland 109, LA Clippers 99
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph accounted for 26 points, seven rebounds and had a season-high five assists, as the Portland Trail Blazers recorded a 109-99 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Travis Outlaw added 15 points off the bench while Jarrett Jack scored 14 points, had five rebounds and dished out five assists as Portland extended its season-long winning streak to four games.
"We executed to the best of our ability. It was our best game," said Jack. "We controlled the tempo and the ball. We executed well."
Elton Brand netted 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped three games in a row. Corey Maggette had 18 in the loss and Shaun Livingston had 16 and 10 assists.
"We couldn't get any stops on defense tonight," Maggette said.
Portland owned the first quarter's largest lead when Randolph drilled a three- pointer with 5:26 left to put his team up 22-16. The Clippers, though, responded with seven straight as Maggette's layup 1 1/2 minutes later put Los Angeles ahead by one.
The Trail Blazers responded and led 32-27 after 12 minutes. The two clubs then traded leads over the duration of the second frame and Portland led by just two, 55-53, at halftime.
Portland opened the third with a 9-2 burst as Martell Webster's three gave the Trail Blazers a 64-55 advantage. The Clippers, though, later rattled off seven straight to close within two, 66-64, with 6:01 remaining.
The Clippers remained within two after Tim Thomas' three-point play made it a 71-69 contest with just under three minutes to play, but Portland closed out the frame by netting 10 of the last 13 points to carry a 81-72 lead into the fourth. Jack accounted for five points during the surge and Outlaw dropped in a layup just as time expired.
"I have to say this is one of our best games of the season," said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. "The Clippers have had our number and I think they are a playoff team. I thought we controlled the game from start to finish."
A three by Juan Dixon early in the fourth extended Portland to an 88-74 lead and Dixon later converted from behind the arc again to put his club ahead 95-82 with 7:54 left.
In all, Portland hit on 9-of-15 from three-point range.
"I thought the big difference on the scoreboard was the three's," said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy. "27-9 in three's will kill you. They were stroking it. I thought our defense was poor."
A free throw by Thomas cut Los Angeles' deficit to 97-88 with 6:10 to go, but the Trail Blazers netted the next seven points to extend their lead back into double digits.
The Clippers shot just 1-of-5 from three-point range...Ime Udoka had 13 points while Dixon ended with 12...Quinton Ross had 15 points off the bench in the loss while Thomas finished with eight...The Clippers lost despite shooting 58.8 percent from the floor. Portland shot 51.3 percent...The game opened up a three-game homestand for the Blazers.
12/16 01:28:44 ET