Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/12
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Los Angeles Clippers built a Mount Everest-like lead in the first half Thursday night at the Rose Garden. They wound up needing nearly every bit of that advantage in a 103-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers sliced what was once a 24-point deficit to four with seven minutes to go before the visitors regained command to seize their second victory in as many nights. Jamal Crawford -- who played for Portland a year ago -- came off the bench to lead the Clippers with 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting. Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Chris Paul contributed 21 points, six assists and four rebounds for the winners. The Clippers (4-2) held a huge advantage in rebounds, 44-31, and points in the paint, 56-30. Nicolas Batum scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and also collected nine rebounds and five assists for Portland (2-3). Trailing 60-39 at halftime, the Blazers surged in the third quart...
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