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Vinny Del Negro
Los Angeles Clippers
Portland Trail Blazers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine assists and the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak with a 96-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The Clippers have the third-best record in the NBA at 33-13, 2 games behind San Antonio.
Eric Bledsoe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in his seventh start as point guard.
Chris Paul missed his fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine because of a bruised right kneecap. Lamar Odom had eight points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was Portland's seventh loss in nine games, and it came in the second part of a home-and-home set with the Clippers.
Portland never led in the second half on Sunday, falling behind 74-59 after a driving layup by Bledsoe with 3:15 left in the third quarter.
Griffin didn't play after going to the bench with 10 seconds left in the third quarter and the Clippers leading 78-62.
But they built the margin to as many as 19 points on a layup by forward Ronny Turiaf with 6:23 remaining.
Griffin powered the Clippers to a 55-50 halftime lead with 15 points, including a fast break dunk off a long pass from DeAndre Jordan just before intermission.
Griffin had an assist on six of their first nine baskets, including Jordan's alley-oop dunk and 3-pointers by Caron Butler and Matt Barnes.
Los Angeles was leading 46-40 when Butler's fadeaway 3-pointer from in front of the Clippers' bench was disallowed because of an offensive foul called against him with 4:31 remaining in the second quarter.
Butler picked up his third foul just 14 seconds later, but remained in the game until he was removed by coach Vinny Del Negro with 3:16 left in the half.
NOTES: The Trail Blazers had 25 assists on their first 26 baskets. ... Bledsoe played 36 minutes without committing a turnover. ... Los Angeles outscored Portland 56-24 in the paint. ... The Clippers head out on a seven-game road trip. ... The Clippers shot 51.2 percent, and are 14-1 when shooting at least 50 percent.
BEST OF MAXIM
PORTLAND After a very light practice on Friday, Blake Griffin said he was feeling better after retweaking his left ankle in the first quarter of Thursday night's game at Phoenix.
Griffin did some shooting at the practice, and the team said the All-Star power forward is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Griffin said he first...
There still is no set date for the return of injured Clippers point guard Chris Paul, head coach Vinny Del Negro said Sunday.
"Day to day, no timetable," Del Negro said of Paul, the team's star playmaker who is out because of a bruised right kneecap.
"With a bone bruise it's just a matter of letting it calm down," and then the Clippers have to wait ...
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Home and Home
The Portland Trail Blazers are set to take on the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time in two nights, and while they had the home crowd behind them the first time around, they’ll be traveling to Staples Center for round 2.
Matchup: Portland (22-21) @ Los Angeles Clippers (32-14)
Venue: Staples Center
Time: 6:30 PM PT
Date: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013