Lillard scores 25 as Trail Blazers Clippers 116-105 beat

Lillard scores 25 as Trail Blazers Clippers 116-105 beat


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Damian Lillard had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won their third consecutive game on Thursday-evening, 116-105 on the Los Angeles Clippers.
CJ McCollum added 23 points to Portland, which won six of seven.
Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each scored 20 for the Clippers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career high 19.
Portland had had trouble all night from separating from the Clippers, but left 93-83 on Zach Collins & # 39; dunk with 9:42 left. Another opinion from Collins brought the Blazers 100-90 with 6:10.
The Clippers closed up to 107-101 on Gallinari's jersey, but Jusuf Nurkic answered for Portland with a layup and Los Angeles could not get any closer.
There were questions about the availability of Clippers for Tobias Harris because of illness before the match. Coach Doc Rivers said that Harris was a game-time decision, but that he ended up in the basic line-up.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, tries to get past Portland Trail Blazers come guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon, Thursday, November 8, 2018. (AP Photo / Steve Dykes)

Harris, the leading scorer and rebounder of the team, finished with 15 points and 11 boards for his fifth double-double this season.
The Clippers were without Avery Bradley for the second consecutive game because of a sprain of the left ankle, and Luc Mbah a Moute missed his seventh match with a painful left knee.
The Clippers missed Bradley's circumferential defense against Lillard and McCollum.
Portland was without Maurice Harkless, who missed seven consecutive games because of a painful left knee. Jake Layman has started in his place.
The Blazers led 10 points after the first quarter with 37-28, triggered by McCollums. Portland could never extend the lead to double digits and led only 61-57 at the break. Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezl Harrell each had 12 first half points for the Clippers, while Lillard led all scorers with 14.
Al-Farouq Aminu hit a 3-hand that gave Portland a lead of 78-68, the biggest until that moment, halfway through the third quarter. The Clippers narrowed it again and closed to 81-77 on Harris' floating float.
Nurkic fouled with 1:57 left and ended with 16 points and nine rebounds.
TIP-INS
Clippers: The team issued a statement of sympathy for the victims of the mass shootings in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday evening. Thousand Oaks is located northwest of Los Angeles. … The Clippers won a 120-109 victory against Minnesota.
Trail Blazers: The club held a moment's silence for the victims of the shooting in California. … Portland came home with a 118-103 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday. … The Blazers won the last four meetings between the teams. … Lillard did not shoot a free throw.
NEXT ONE
The Clippers receive the Bucks on Saturday.
The Trail Blazers organize the Celtics on Sunday evening.
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, seems to skip the ball on Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon, Thursday, November 8, 2018. (AP Photo / Steve Dykes )

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