LA Clippers climb back late to beat Portland Trail Blazers

Q&A Hassan Whiteside had no ‘ill will’ after being traded from Miami in offseason

Q&A Hassan Whiteside had no ‘ill will’ after being traded from Miami in offseason

The Clippers have also played well on the defensive end, but they have struggled when Leonard is not in the lineup.

The Clippers were kings of the fourth quarter.

"It's the third game that we've won, in my opinion, completely because of our defence", Rivers said.

Leonard contributed 18 points to the fourth-quarter comeback.

Leonard and Williams combined to score the Clippers' final 15 points.

Harrell made his first start of the season against the Bucks on Wednesday night and did not disappoint, scoring a personal record of 34 points along with 11 rebounds and five assists.

111.7 - That is the offensive qualification of the Clippers (points scored for every 100 possessions), a figure that occupies the fourth best place in the league and is even more impressive when combined with the fact that the Doc Rivers team has played the most hard calendar of any team, so far, by basketballreference.com.

They are also missing Jusuf Nurkic up front, who has yet to play this campaign due to a broken leg, while Hassan Whiteside finally produced a big performance against the Warriors albeit in a losing cause.

Leonard's two free throws with 13.1 seconds left sealed the win for Los Angeles.

That's when Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points, including Portland's first 12.

The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.

Williams' jumper put the Clippers ahead for good and he followed it up with a 3.

Trail Blazers: McCollum received a flagrant-1 foul late in the second quarter after his right foot hit Patrick Patterson in the face on a fadeaway jumper. McCollum is 6-3. "I was playing full speed and I ran into him on the baseline", McCollum said.

Clippers Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak To TrailblazersThe Clippers haven't had a lot of success against Portland in recent games and have dropped their last two contests to the Trailblazers.

Rivers got doused by Montrezl Harrell in the postgame locker room to celebrate his milestone. "That's important. But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs a year ago", Rivers said.

"The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard's health status".

Leonard and Paul George are the MVP caliber players on this Clippers team, but never, ever, discount the importance of the league's best offensive weapon off the bench. Before you make any Clippers vs. Blazers picks, see the National Basketball Association predictions from SportsLine's advanced computer model. The first 5,000 fans received tube socks. Sportsbooks list the Clippers as 5.5-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 231 in the latest Clippers vs. Blazers odds.

From last years playoff roster, the Blazers have lost Mo Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Enes Kanter to name just a few, and now must find more contributors and a relatively new roster to compliment the 51.8 points per game Lillard and McCollum are contributing.

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