Clippers Vs. Trail Blazers: L.A. Wins 4th Straight

The Clippers are 3-1 against Portland this season.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers Final Score: Chris Paul Leads L.A. To 4th Straight Win

Chris Paul hit a driving layup with five seconds remaining, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night at Staples Center. The win was the fourth straight for the Clippers, who moved to within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division.

Paul had 20 points, 14 assists, four steals, and just one turnover on Friday. Paul is one of three Clippers to score exactly 20 points, including Randy Foye, who hit five three-pointers. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 52% on the night.

J.J. Hickson welcomed himself to the starting lineup for Portland by scoring 29 points and dishing out 13 assists, making 13 of his 19 field goal attempts. Nicolas added 18 points and six rebounds for Portland, who shot 50% for the game.

The Clippers are 19-8 at home this season.

The Clippers conclude their homestand and their 20-game March on Saturday night against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Schedule 2012: Hellish Month Ends With Portland, Utah

The Los Angeles Clippers end their hellish March scheduled with two games in the final two nights of the month. The Clippers are 3-0 on their current five-game homestand, which ends this weekend with games against Western Conference foes the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. Here is the weekend schedule for the Clippers:

Friday - Portland at Clippers (7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, ESPN): This is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season, and the Clippers have won two of the first three meetings. The Clippers are 18-8 at home this season.

Saturday - Utah at Clippers (7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket): Saturday's game will be the 20th of the month for the Clippers, who will become the first team since the Cincinnati Royals in February 1967 to play 20 games in a single calendar month. The Clippers are 9-9 so far in March.

For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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