Portland, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Jamal Crawford scored 25 points off the bench while Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan had 21 apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-90, for their second straight win Thursday at Rose Garden.
The win improved the Clippers to 4-2 after back-to-back losses while the Blazers slipped to 2-3 after losing two of their last three games.
An elbow injury limited last year’s top rookie Blake Griffin to just seven points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of play while backup point guard Eric Bledsoe had eight for the Clippers.
Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists while rookie Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldrige and Wesley Matthews had 16, 14 and 10 markers, respectively.
Bledsoe tallied six of the Clippers’ first eight points in the second quarter before Crawford waxed hot, scoring 12 in a 23-8 run that gave them a 59-34 lead at the half.
Midway in the third period, the Blazers unleashed an 18-4 run behind Batum’s eight points and Lillard’s six markers to close the gap at 75-69.
In the fourth, Meyers Leonard scored on a dunk to bring the Blazers within 86-82 but the Clippers responded with a 12-3 run led by Paul, Crawford and Griffin to extend the lead to 98-85.
The Clipper fared better from the field, 53.2 percent compared to 42.7 for the Blazers and had more rebounds, 44-31.