scores 28 as Clippers beat Trail Blazers
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[April 18, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Chris Paul
scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed six rebounds,
leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 115-95 victory over the Portland
Trail Blazers in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff
series Sunday night at Staples Center.
Blake Griffin added 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Los
Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and
J.J. Redick chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who blew the game
open in the third quarter. Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers came off
the bench to score 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Los Angeles,
which beat Portland for the fourth consecutive meeting.
Damian Lilliard had 21 points and eight assists for the Trail
Blazers, while Gerald Henderson finished with 16 points. CJ McCollum
managed just nine points. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 10 points and
collected 12 rebounds.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday at Staples Center.
Los Angeles increased its eight-point margin at the half into a
double-digit advantage in the third quarter. Griffin's dunk pushed
the lead to 65-48, and the margin grew to as much as 21 before the
Clippers carried an 81-66 edge into the final period.
The lead never dipped below 14 in the fourth quarter. The Blazers
intentionally fouled Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter during
the regular season who converted eight of 18 attempts for the game,
but that failed to generate a rally, either.
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Paul scored eight of his 12 second-quarter points in the final 1:34
of the half as the Clippers closed on a 10-2 run and seized a 50-42
lead at the break.
The Clippers held the Trail Blazers to 35.4 percent shooting in the
first half while hitting 50 percent of their shots. They also had
the edge on foul shots, making 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) to only three
of six (50 percent) for Portland.
Overall, the Clippers hit 53.8 percent of their shots to 39.8 for
the Blazers. From the foul line, Los Angeles made 25 of 39 (64.1
percent) at the foul line to 19 of 26 (73.1 percent) for Portland.
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