Maggette leads Clippers past Blazers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette led a balanced Los Angeles
attack with 20 points and nine rebounds, as the Clippers topped the Portland
Trail Blazers, 102-89, at the Staples Center.
Cuttino Mobley added 17 points and Sam Cassell tallied 16 and seven assists
for the Clippers, who won their third straight since a season-opening loss at
Chris Kaman tallied 15 points and nine boards, and Quinton Ross had 13 points
and seven assists, as the Clippers beat Portland for a fifth straight time.
“It wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was a win,” Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy
said. “We forced some turnovers. We had five guys in double figures and two
with eight. We did enough good things overall.”
The Blazers held Elton Brand to eight points, but he did have five blocks.
“I didn’t do much tonight,” Brand said. “It’s not fatigue. It’s tough to beat
double and triple-teams. When the opportunity is there, I’ll hit them. I was
still able to rebound and block shots. The bottom line is winning.”
Zach Randolph had another strong contest with 35 points, two off his career-
high, and pulled down 13 rebounds, but the Blazers lost two nights after
Jarrett Jack finished with 17 points and Ime Udoka ended with 11 points and 10
Portland was within two points at 61-59 after a three-point play by Randolph
with 3:55 left in the third. However, the Clippers scored the next eight
points. Shaun Livingston had a jam and Maggette’s two free throws finished the
spurt with 1:32 remaining in the quarter.
LA was ahead 71-60 going into the fourth and put the game away by scoring the
first seven points of the final period. Maggette’s running jam capped the
rally and Portland never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Jack’s layup near the end of the first quarter had the Blazers ahead, 22-20,
after 12 minutes. Portland led by five early in the second quarter, but the
Clippers rallied to grab a 46-42 edge at the half.
Kaman’s three-point play capped five straight for the Clippers for a 53-45
advantage early in the third and a Ross jumper put LA ahead by double digits
The Blazers were 2-of-13 from three-point range…LA outrebounded Portland,