LA Clippers hit bump on the road, lose Game 3 at Portland

first_imgThe Clippers led 85-81 with 3:51 to play before Portland went on an 8-0 run to lead 89-85. Lillard and McCollum a combined 22 of 67 (32.8 percent) shooting in first two games. Lillard shot 10 of 20 and scored 32 points, McCollum shot 11 of 22 and scored 27.Paul led the Clippers with 26 points and nine assists. Jamal Crawford scored 17, DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 16 rebounds. Blake Griffin scored 12 points, but shot just 5 of 16 from the field. J.J. Redick, playing with a sore left heel, had just five points on 2-of-10 shooting.The Clippers shot 40.9 percent.For Portland, center Mason Plumlee scored just six points, but he pulled down 21 rebounds and doled out nine assists. PORTLAND >> Portland went 28-13 at home during the regular season. The Clippers were 24-17 on the road. Logic says the Clippers figured to have a more difficult time against the Trail Blazers when they squared off Saturday in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night at Moda Center.The Clippers won Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center.“I know these guys are going to be a lot more comfortable here at home,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said at the morning shootaround. “And we’ve just gotta continue trying to make it tough for them.”The Clippers made life miserable for Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in the first two games. They were significantly better Saturday and they were the difference as the Trail Blazers defeated the Clippers 96-88 before a roaring home crowd of 19,761. The Clippers lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 Monday, again at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers bolted to a 17-10 lead, but the Clippers embarked on a 9-0 run culminated by a 3-pointer from Chris Paul and dunk by Jordan for a 19-17 Clippers lead.Undaunted, the Trail Blazers scored the final five points of the quarter, the last three on a 3-pointer by McCollum with 1.2 seconds left for a 22-19 Portland advantage.Portland led 36-26 with 7:01 left in the second quarter, but a 16-footer by Griffin and scoop shot by Paul got the Clippers within 36-30. Again, the Trail Blazers went right back at the Clippers, upping their lead to as many as 11 before settling for a 49-40 halftime lead.The Clippers shot just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the half. The Trail Blazers were 4 of 15. More importantly for them, Lillard and McCollum were a combined 12 of 22 at that point.The Clippers were again down by 11 early in the third, but had cut their deficit to 53-47 when Plumlee flew through the air and made a reverse slam-dunk put-back that brought the crowd to its feet.The Clippers, however, were very much in the game through three quarters as they trailed just 70-67 ahead of the fourth.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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