Lillard makes it close, but Blazers fall in LA

Blazers scored 62 in the first half

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 106-102. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 106-102. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 30 points, Blake Griffin added 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers hung on for a 106-102 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists, Jamal Crawford had 20 points in his first start of the season, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds.

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 25 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Robin Lopez scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half.

Griffin and Redick combined to score 15 of the Clippers’ first 17 points of the fourth, extending their lead to 96-88. Griffin had six and Redick nine in the run.

Lillard singlehandedly kept the Blazers in the game, reducing their nine-point deficit to two with nine straight points that left them trailing 102-100 with just over a minute left.

Paul was equally hot over the same stretch, scoring eight in a row to keep Los Angeles ahead 104-100.

The Clippers caught a break after Lillard’s running layup cut Portland’s lead to two. Paul missed, but Jordan swatted the ball out to Crawford on the perimeter with 7 seconds left. Aldridge fouled Crawford, who made both for a 106-102 lead.

Wesley Matthews, who finished with 14 points, missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Trailing by eight, the Clippers didn’t take their first lead of the game until midway through the third quarter during a 16-8 run that included four 3-pointers, with Crawford hitting three and Redick one.

The Blazers closed the third with four straight points to tie the game, 79-all.

The Blazers led by 14 points in the first half, when both teams shot 51 percent. Portland hit six 3-pointers in the opening quarter, including three by Lillard.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Their 62 first-half points was the second time the Clippers have allowed over 60 in a half this season.

Clippers: F Glen Davis returned after missing the first five games with a right groin strain. He was scoreless in nine minutes.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host Denver on Sunday.

Clippers: Host the NBA champion Spurs on Monday.

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