Clippers Vs. Blazers: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Key Comeback Win For L.A.

The Clippers snapped a six-game losing streak in Portland.

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Clippers Schedule 2012: San Antonio Spurs Showdown Looming Saturday

The Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night got a huge win in Portland, a comeback from 18 points down in the second half to beat the Trail Blazers 74-71. The win helped the Clippers keep pace with the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, who have won nine straight games and currently lead the Clippers by a game for second place in the Western Conference.

NBA Western Conference Standings
Rank Team W-L Pct GB
1 Oklahoma City 22-7 .759 ---
2 San Antonio 21-9 .700
3 LA Clippers 19-9 .679
4 Dallas 19-11 .633
5 LA Lakers 17-12 .586 5
Through games of February 16

The Clippers and Spurs will face each other in a battle of division winners on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The Clippers have had their problems in San Antonio, losing 17 straight road games to the Spurs, including a 115-90 loss on December 28. But they have also fared poorly against the Spurs at home in recent times. The Clippers beat the Spurs 90-85 on December 1, 2010, but that snapped a nine-game home losing streak to the Spurs.

Overall, the Clippers have lost 19 of their last 20 games against San Antonio. But snapping streaks has been a hallmark of this Chris Paul-led team, who have snapped losing streaks in Denver (nine games), Utah (16 games), and Portland (six games) this season, as well as snapping an overall nine-game losing streak to Orlando.

Saturday afternoon at Staples Center should be a fun one.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers Game Recap: Comeback Chris Paul, The Losing Streak Snapper

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Clippers weren't playing particularly well, nor was point guard Chris Paul, who had yet to score. The Clippers, once down 18 points in the second half, cut the lead to eight points heading into the final period, finally took charge thanks to Paul, who scored 13 points in the fourth, leading the Clippers to a 74-71 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

Not only was the victory the seventh win for the Clippers in their last nine road games, but it also snapped a six-game losing streak for the club in Portland. That was just the latest in a string of long losing streaks snapped by Paul and the Clippers this season:

  • January 29 - Clippers 109, Nuggets 105: The Clippers snapped a nine-game losing streak in Denver
  • February 1 - Clippers 107, Jazz 105: The Clippers snapped a 16-game losing streak in Utah
  • February 6 - Clippers 107, Magic 102 (OT): The Clippers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Magic
  • February 16 - Clippers 74, Blazers 71: The Clippers snapped a six-game losing streak in Portland

Given the poor history of the Clippers, there are an unusual amount of long losing streaks, but with Paul at the helm the Clippers have been making a habit of erasing the past one game at a time. They will need to conjure up some more magic on Saturday afternoon, when they host the San Antonio Spurs, a team that has beaten the Clippers in 19 of their last 20 meetings.

The win on Thursday in Portland was also the fifth road win for the Clippers in a game they trailed by 10 or more points. That is one more such victory that in the last four seasons combined.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers Final Score: Chris Paul Scores 13 In Fourth Quarter, Leads L.A. To 74-71 Comeback Win

Chris Paul scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angeles Clippers erased an 18-point second half deficit with a 74-71 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Rose Garden on Thursday night. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in Portland for Los Angeles. The last win for the Clippers in Portland was a 117-109 double-overtime win on December 12, 2008.

Blake Griffin scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds in the win for the Clippers (16-9), who won their fifth road game this season that they trailed by 10 or more points. That is one more such win for the Clippers than in the last four seasons combined.

The Clippers fell behind by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, but closed the third quarter on a 20-10 run to pull to within eight points entering the final quarter. A three-pointer by Mo Williams gave the Clippers a 67-66 lead with 3:51 remaining, and Paul extended the lead to four points 43 seconds later.

The Clippers shot just 38.5% from the field for the night, and made only two of 17 three-point attempts. Los Angeles has won seven of their last nine road games this season.

Nicolas Batum scored 15 points in the first quarter for Portland (16-15), but managed just four points the rest of the way. Jamal Crawford added 19 points off the bench for the Blazers, who shot 38.0% from the field. Portland was playing without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, out with a sprained left ankle, and the Blazers were playing their third game in as many nights on Thursday.

The Clippers host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers Game Score: Nicolas Batum Has Portland Up 43-32 At Halftime

Poor shooting, foul trouble, and a heaping helping of Nicolas Batum doomed the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half on Thursday night at the Rose Garden, as the Portland Trail Blazers took a 43-32 lead into halftime in their nationally televised contest on TNT.

Batum scored 15 of his 17 points in the first quarter to lead the Blazers, who shot 45.9% (17 for 37) in the first half, including four of 10 from three-point range. Batum made seven of his 10 field goals and a pair of three-pointers.

Blake Griffin had a double-double for the Clippers in the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Griffin made six of 10 from the field, but his teammates made just nine of 35 shots (25.7%), including missing all seven three-point shots. Neither point guard scored in the first half, as Chris Paul (three rebounds, one assist) and Raymond Felton (two rebounds, one assist) each had zero points.

The Clippers had 12 fouls called against them in the first half, compared to four against Portland. Both Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan have three fouls each, and Griffin has two.

The Clippers scored just 12 points in the second quarter. Los Angeles did outrebound Portland, who is playing for the third consecutive night, 25-22 in the opening 24 minutes. The Clippers and Blazers have split two games this season, with each team winning at home.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge Out With Sprained Left Ankle

The Los Angeles Clippers look to snap their six-game losing streak at the Rose Garden on Thursday night, and if they are ever going to win in Portland tonight is the night. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back set of games, and will will be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is out with a sprained left ankle.

Aldridge was listed as day-to-day by the Blazers earlier on Thursday but head coach Nate McMillan said the forward would miss his second straight game after suffering the sprained ankle in Tuesday's home loss to Washington, according to both Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports Northwest and Jay Allen of 750 AM The Game in Portland.

With Aldridge out, here are Thursday's probable starting lineups:

Clippers (18-9)

Point Guard: Chris Paul

Shooting Guard: Randy Foye

Small Forward: Caron Butler

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: DeAndre Jordan

Blazers (16-14)

Point Guard: Raymond Felton

Shooting Guard: Wesley Matthews

Small Forward: Gerald Wallace

Power Forward: Nicolas Batum

Center: Marcus Camby

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

The Los Angeles Clippers head north to battle the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night in a Western Conference battle nationally televised by TNT. Here is a glimpse at the relevant details of the contest.

Records: Clippers (18-9); Portland (16-14)

Location: The Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: TNT, with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr on the call

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 108.5 points per 100 possessions (third in NBA); Blazers, 104.6 (ninth)

Defensive Efficiency: Blazers, 99.8 (sixth); Clippers, 105.2 (22nd)

Home vs. Road: Portland is 11-4 at home this season, while the Clippers are 7-6 on the road. However, the Blazers have dropped three straight games in Portland, including a 124-109 loss to the lowly Washington Wizards. The Clippers have won six of their last eight games away from home.

Schedule Woes: This is the second game in as many nights for the Clippers, but they won't get any sympathy from the Blazers, who are playing a game for the third straight night.

Injury Update: LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's loss to Washington, and didn't make the trip for Wednesday's win in Golden State. The All-Star forward was thought to be doubtful for Thursday's game, and is not listed by the team as a probable starter for the contest. Aldridge is officially listed as day-to-day.

Streaking: The Clippers have lost six consecutive games in Portland, including a 105-97 defeat on January 10.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Injury: Trail Blazers All-Star Forward Doubtful Thursday Against Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers will do battle on Thursday in a nationally televised game from the Rose Garden, but the home team may be without their All-Star power forward. LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his left ankle on Tuesday night in Portland's home loss to the Washington Wizards, stepping on the foot of Trevor Booker while coming down from a jump shot.

Aldridge did not make the trip with Portland to Golden State on Wednesday night to face the Warriors, and head coach Nate McMillan said on Wednesday that Aldridge is "doubtful" for Thursday night's game against the Clippers, and merely "hopeful" for Saturday's game against Atlanta.

Thursday will be the third game in as many nights for Portland, which would seemingly give the Clippers an inherent advantage, though they will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back set as well. If Portland is without Aldridge, who is averaging 22.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season, that swings the scale even more in the Clippers' favor.

Thursday is the third of four meetings between the Clippers and Trail Blazers, with each team winning at home once so far this season.

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