Clippers Vs. Blazers: Portland Stays Perfect At Home With 105-97 Win

The Clippers have now lost six straight games at the Rose Garden in Portland.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers Recap: Ugly Numbers In An Ugly Loss

The Los Angeles Clippers lost their sixth straight game at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, while the Portland Trail Blazers improved to 6-0 at home with a 105-97 win.

The game was a rough one for the Clippers. They looked disjointed and sloppy on the court, making bad decisions and shooting just 44.6 percent from the floor, including 26.1 percent on three-pointers and 70.8 percent on free throws.

When going over the numbers for, I was surprised to see that the Clippers had 13 offensive rebounds compared to Portland's seven, but that really drives home just how ineffective the Clips were on scoring opportunities during Tuesday's game. "Ineffective" was the operative word in the game, as even the announce team noted the ineffectiveness of key players Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Griffin scored just 18 points in the game, his first outing this season where he failed to score 20 or more. He picked up the double-double by grabbing 12 rebounds, but was 9-for-17 shooting and missed both of his free throw attempts. Chris Paul had only 11 points and his team's net points while he was on the court were -8.

DeAndre Jordan had maybe the worst night on the court of all the Los Angeles players, with just four points, five rebounds and four assists. His play looked much worse than even those numbers would indicate.

It was not a complete wash, as Chauncey Billups and Mo Williams both had great games, looking even better when the rest of the team was so disjointed. Billups scored 19 points including two treys and made 7 of 8 free throws. His missed free throw in the fourth quarter was his first missed FTA of the season. Williams had 14 points but made key plays when the Clippers were struggling the most. Reggie Evans also looked great with his seven rebounds, sinking his only field goal attempt but missing his only free throw opportunity.

Caron Butler led the Clippers scorers with 20 points on the evening. Gerald Wallace of the Blazers matched him as top scorer with 20 points of his own.

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Clippers Vs. Trail Blazers Final Score: Bad Decisions And Questionable Calls Lead To 105-97 Loss For Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers headed to Oregon on Tuesday night to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers in what very well may be a preview of the 2012 NBA playoffs. The Trail Blazers were a perfect 5-0 at home heading into the game, while the Clippers had not won in Portland in some time. The Clippers ultimately saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they played shakily and sloppily en route to the 105-97 loss.

Los Angeles fell behind by 11 points early but battled back to take a 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Blazers soon opened up another lead and led 54-47 heading into halftime.

The Clippers managed to battle back in the third quarter and get to within five, 76-71 in the final minute of the frame. Portland got another bucket and Mo Williams missed a three-pointer near the buzzer. The final quarter started with Los Angeles down by seven.

The Clippers closed to within five points again midway through the fourth quarter, 82-77. Reggie Evans got a huge offensive rebound and Chauncey Billups nailed another three to bring the Clips within a basket. There were then a pair of quick fouls against the Clippers and Portland was back up 86-80. Chris Paul did not get foul call when he needed one, the Blazers got an out of bounds call and suddenly a three-pointer had the Trail Blazers back up by nine points once again. When Blake Griffin finally got a foul call, he badly missed both free throws. He got a dunk shortly after on a turnover, which was only his 16th point of the night.

Portland led by eight points with two and a half minutes left in the game. Gerald Wallace drained a three-pointer to put the Blazers up 99-90. Billups drew a three-point foul but missed his first free throw. It was his first missed free throw of the year after making his first 28 straight. He sank the second two to bring the score to 99-92 in favor of Portland with 1:08 left.

Paul got a steal and a layup to bring the game within five, but fouled Raymond Felton immediately, seemingly by accident. Felton made one of two and Portland was up six with 44 seconds to go. Billups went for a three-pointer but got an offensive foul call for kicking the defender while shooting.

The Clips got the ball back and Billups drove for a score and one with 26 seconds left, with Wallace fouling out on the play. Los Angeles had cut the score to 100-97 with a 20-second timeout left and enough time for a play. The Clippers again fouled inexplicably, with Wesley Matthews sinking both of his throws. They took their final timeout with 22 seconds left and down by five. Griffin went for a layup and had the ball stripped, more or less spelling the end for the Clippers.

The Clippers certainly appeared to be getting fouled all night without calls, while the Blazers were getting a multitude of calls going their way. Still, they were disjointed all game, playing sloppily and foolishly. They made infuriatingly bad decisions late in the game with a tie within reach. They fouled at the most inopportune times and absolutely could not finish on the floor. DeAndre Jordan in particular looked lost all night.

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Clippers Vs. Trail Blazers Score Update: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Ineffective As Los Angeles Trails 54-47 At Halftime

The Los Angeles Clippers are in Oregon, visiting a strong Portland Trail Blazers team.

Midway through the first quarter, the Blazers had opened up a 20-13 lead and the Clippers were squandering every available opportunity. Chris Paul and Caron Butler were having trouble executing and DeAndre Jordan was looking out of sorts on both sides of the ball, including missing a dunk on what should have been an easy tip-in, drawing the foul and then missing both free throws...all in one excruciating sequence of events. Through one half of play, the Clippers look very shaky and currently trail, 54-47.

Immediately following that sequence, however, the Clips suddenly tore off a 10-2 run and were very much back in the thick of things with two minutes left to go in the quarter. Mo Williams drained a bucket with seconds left to take a surprising 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Clippers were right back in the hot seat as the second quarter opened up, with Portland now going on a 9-2 tear. Nothing went right for the Clippers in the second quarter, as Paul had three fouls and no points in 11 minutes of play with 6:00 left in the half, while Blake Griffin had just one bucket in five attempts. With under 2:00 left in the half, the Blazers once again stretched their lead back to 11 points, 52-41. Chauncey Billups drained a trey with 0:30 left to cut the lead to 52-45. After a Portland bucket, he drew a foul with 2.2 seconds left and sank both free throws.

The Clippers will need to regroup during halftime and play exponentially better in the second half if they hope to pull out a win in this one. Billups and Williams looked great in the first half, but everyone else will need to step up.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers: Game Time, Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers have a challenging schedule ahead of them this week, with games against three playoff teams. They travel to Portland Tuesday night to face the Trail Blazers, return home Wednesday to battle the Miami Heat, then host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Here are the relevant details of Tuesday's contest in Portland:

Records: Clippers (4-2); Blazers (6-2)

Location: The Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 109.3 points per 100 possessions (second in NBA); Blazers 103.8 (13th)

Defensive Efficiency: Blazers 97.8 (fourth); Clippers 105.7 (24th)

Streaks: The Clippers have won their last three games, but have also lost their last five games in Portland, with their last win at the Rose Garden a 117-109 double-overtime victory on December 12, 2008. Meanwhile, the Blazers are 5-0 in Portland this season.

Previous Meeting: The Clippers beat the Blazers 93-88 at Staples Center on January 1. Los Angeles managed to hold Gerald Wallace to zero points on 0-of-5 shooting. Wallace also only had one point on 0-for-6 shooting in Friday's loss in Phoenix. Wallace has averaged 19.8 points in Portland's six wins, and has one total point in their two losses.

Lofty Air: At 4-2, the Clippers are two games over .500 for the first time since November 7, 2007, when they opened the season 4-0.

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Clippers Face Blazers In Western Conference Showdown In Portland

The Clippers have lost five straight games at the Rose Garden in Portland.

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