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Portland Trail Blazers improve to 9-3 with 116-105 victory over LA Clippers: Quick reaction

Portland Trail Blazers added another quality win to their early season show on Thursday night and beat the Los Angeles…

Portland Trail Blazers added another quality win to their early season show on Thursday night and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-105 for their eighth double-digit victory in 12 matches.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 48 points and Blazers, six-winners of their last seven, beat Clippers (6-5) for the fourth straight game.

Portland improved to 9-3 in the season and 4-1 at current home state.


Lillard led Blazers with 25 matches on 11 out of 25 shots and 3 out of 7 from three-point range, giving four points and four rebounds. McCollum, who came on a high season 40 on Tuesday, scored 23 points and scored seven rebounds.

Jusuf Nurkic recorded almost a double-double with 1

6 points and nine rebounds, but fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Nurkic also had a game high three blocks.

Al-Farouq Aminu finished 11 points and eight rebounds and Zach Collins had 10 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes from the bench.

Evan Turner scored seven points and scored a team of high seven assists and Meyers Leonard had seven points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.

The clippers were led by 20 points from Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams.

Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a career high of 19 points and Tobias Harris logged his second straight double-double by 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Montrezl Harrell also had 19 for Los Angeles.


Lillard dared the rim for a light bucket to drive Portland’s late lead to 11 points with 44 seconds remaining.

They said it

“I think our time together, how well we meet together, our understanding of what our coach wants us to do, our understanding of each other, I think that It’s all in all. Time is really spending on us right now. “- Damian Lillard


The Blazers came barely matching their season high for free throws (28 ) on Thursday night, 26 of 28 from the charity strip. The parade to the line was a sharp contrast from Tuesday’s three-point heavy deal against Milwaukee Bucks, where Portland tried a seasonally eight free throw. And while Blazers lived on the line Thursday they did without their best free throw shooter in Lillard – who entered the game rank sixth percent (93.8), fourth in tries (81) and third in free throw (76) – even registered a single attempt.


Lillard, CJ and Nurkic made Blazer’s first 24 points. … Portland set a new season high for points in a first quarter this season by 37 on Thursday. … The Clippers bench, the highest scoring second unit in the league, consisted of Blazer’s reserves 43-41. … Portland won the rebounding battle 53-41. Blazer’s biggest management at night was 13 points. … Portland doubled up LA 20-10 in second chance the score behind 14 offensive rebounds. … Blazers registered a season-low seven turnover. … Lillard picked up his first technical foul of the season halfway through the third quarter after wondering loudly about a non-call. … Moe Harkless missed his seventh consecutive game with left knee tenderness.


The Blazers set up their six-game home stand against Boston Celtics (7-4) on Sunday. Boston has won three straight against Portland.

– Sean Meagher

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