Clippers edge Blazers
Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams combined for the Los Angeles Clippers' final 19 points in a 107-101 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night at Staples Center.
Leonard had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Williams scored 26 points and dished out eight assists for the Clippers (6-3).
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 22 points for Portland (3-5), which returns to Moda Center to play host to Brooklyn at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 19 rebounds for the Blazers, who shot just .375 from the field, including 11 of 39 (.282) from the 3-point line.
Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers won despite making only 4 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Blazers quickly erased a seven-point halftime deficit, knotting the score at 56-56 on a three-point play by Whiteside.
Moments later, Lillard converted back-to-back baskets to give Portland a 65-61 lead.
The Blazers hiked the edge to 73-65 late in the third quarter and took a 76-70 advantage into the final period.
Simons scored the Blazers' first 10 points of the fourth quarter to keep them ahead 86-80.
The Clippers drew within 90-88 before Simons knocked down a 3 to make it 93-88.
Montrezl Harrell's layup cut the gap to 93-92 with 3:10 left, and Leonard gave the Clippers a 94-93 lead with a short jumper with 2:30 to play.
Williams sank a pair at the line to make the score96-93 with 1:58 to go.
Whiteside scored on a dunk, but Leonard answered with a jumper to up the Clips' lead to 98-95 with 1:25 remaining.
Whiteside converted a three-point play to tie the game at 98-98 with 1:16 left.
Williams sank a 12-foot fadeaway to give the Clippers a 100-98 lead with 56.8 seconds to go.
Simons hit 1 of 2 foul shots to draw Portland within 100-99 with 45.6 seconds to play.
Williams buried a 3 to make the score 103-99 with 27.5 seconds on the clock.
Rodney Hood knocked down a jumper to bring the Blazers within 103-101 with 16.8 ticks left.
Leonard then hit four in a row at the line to ice the victory.
Portland shot .320 from the field but trailed only 47-40 at the half. The Blazers missed 17 of 20 shots in one stretch through the second quarter. The Clippers shot .391 and were 1 for 11 from 3-point range.
The Clippers led by as many as seven points en route to a 26-22 lead after one quarter. They increased the margin to 42-31 before the Blazers closed to within seven at halftime.
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