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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Caron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Blake Griffin added 16 points, DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul had 11 assists for the Pacific Division champions, who finished their home schedule with a 32-9 record. They end the regular season on Wednesday at Sacramento, and another win would ensure the Clippers have home-court advantage to start the playoffs.
Will Barton scored 17 points and Joel Freeland added 13 points for the Blazers, who never led while losing their 12th in a row.
The Clippers were dominant in the paint (46-30) and on the boards (51-33) while wrapping up the season series 3-1.
Five of the previous six meetings between the teams in Los Angeles had been decided by 10 points or fewer. It was never that close after the second quarter, when the Clippers pulled away on the strength of their bench.
The reserves scored 15 consecutive points for a 45-29 lead, including five by Ryan Hollins. He and Jamal Crawford combined for the quarter's most spectacular play, with Crawford flipping a no-look pass to a streaking Hollins on the fast break for a driving jam. Hollins got fouled and completed the three-point play.
The starters returned for the final four minutes and sent the Clippers into the half leading 54-36.
Butler had the hot hand in the third, hitting four 3-pointers in his first game since sitting out the second half at Memphis last weekend because of a sore right knee. Chauncey Billups returned to the starting lineup after missing eight games with a strained right groin. He had four points -- all on free throws -- while playing 17 minutes, just under the limit set for him.
The highlight dunk of the third belonged to Jordan. Paul found him on the break and Jordan dunked with his fingertips. The starters rested in the fourth. Twelve of the 13 Clippers scored in the game.
NOTES: Paul and Griffin addressed the crowd before tipoff to thank them for their support. "Are we having fun yet this year or what? The best is yet to come, folks," longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler told the fans. ... The Blazers started four rookies -- Will Barton, Victor Claver, Meyers Leonard and Damian Lillard -- for the second time in franchise history. The quartet also started against the Lakers last week. ... Portland wraps up its losing season against Golden State on Wednesday. ... A 27-year-old man hit a half-court shot to win a new car, the second time it's happened this season. Jordan led the applause for him during a timeout.
BEST OF MAXIM
27-year-old Kevin Liao became the second Los Angeles Clippers fan this season to hit a half-court shot to win a Dodge Dart at Tuesday night's game at the Staples Center.
It was the second time this season that a Clippers fan has hit a half-court shot to win a car. Ironically, that fan, Hagop Blikian, took delivery on his Dodge Dart last night after hitting the shot back...
The NBA playoffs are right around the corner and the NBA is releasing their trademark commercials to elevate the hype for the road to a championship.
The newest one features the Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul sitting in the rafters in Staples Center contemplating what adding a Clippers championship banner would mean. Check out the footage below.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 93-77 on Tuesday night, as the Clippers look to keep their playoff bus rolling as the season gets one game closer to it’s end. Caron Butler supplied the spark in the win with 22 points, but the play of the night goes to Chauncey Billups, with his between the legs pass to Blake Griffin.
Billups hits the cutting...
Chris Paul is having himself another brilliant year, and thanks to the NBA’s phantom camera we are able to enjoy some of his moves slowed down to a point where it little easier easier for the common man to understand what is actually going on. The Clippers guard led his team to a spot in the Playoffs and from the video you can see why.
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Normally I'd break down the game, and what went right, wrong etc, etc etc.
Who cares? Tonight was about the end of an era, and barring a really stupid decision by the Board of Governors in New York a couple of weeks from now, perhaps the last game ever in Sacramento.
You know what? I don't care.
There was the game and here is the boxscore. Have fun with it.
After Jamal Crawford’s no-look over-the-shoulder pass, Chauncey Billups took his turn to excite the crowd in the second half of Tuesday’s matchup with the Trail Blazers as he fed Blake Griffin a lefty between-the-legs bounce pass for the one-handed jam:
Chauncey Billups has missed the past eight games with a right groin strain.
Never ones to disappoint, the Clippers provide plenty of highlight reel plays. It was Jamal Crawford’s turn Tuesday night as he opted for a crafty no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to Ryan Hollins for the big time slam. Crawford completed the play with a high-five from Clippers super-fan, Billy Crystal:
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, including several big shots down the stretch, and the Los Angeles Clippers locked up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, holding off the Sacramento Kings 112-108 on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
And with NBA owners still deciding whether to approve the sale and relocation of the Kings to Seattle...
Looking for the assist of the Tuesday night in the NBA? We got that for you here at That NBA Lottery Pick.It happened during the Portland Trail Blazers/Los Angeles Clippers game as Clippers guard Jamal Crawford dished a beautiful behind-the-head assist to Ryan Hollins.The play was so impressive that famed-Clippers fan Billy Crystal showed Crawford some love: