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Los Angeles at Portland

Trail Blazers hold off Clippers, keep slim playoff chances alive

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge is becoming the offensive force Portland coach Nate McMillan has been envisioning all season.

Aldridge had 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high seven assists, Brandon Roy added 21 points and six assists, and the Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-102 on Friday night.

Martell Webster had 16 points and Steve Blake had 15 points and 11 assists for Portland, which has slim playoff hopes but has seen the emergence of Aldridge as a low-post complement to All-Star guard Roy.

"It becomes a simple game when you've got a guy who can score in the low post," McMillan said. "That's a weapon, that's an option we were hoping to develop this season and it's happening."

Cuttino Mobley scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half, and Josh Powell added 21 for the Clippers. Los Angeles, which has lost six straight and 14 of 16, was missing leading scorer Corey Maggette because of a sore shoulder.

Dan Dickau had 14 points and seven assists, Smush Parker had 14 points and six assists, and Quinton Ross had 12 points for Clippers, who will play host to Portland on Saturday at the Staples Center.

The Clippers outscored Portland 27-20 in the fourth quarter, and got within three points on a 3-pointer from Mobley, but Jarrett Jack hit two free throws for Portland to seal the victory.

Roy had only two points in the first quarter but bounced back from a 3-for-14 shooting night against Phoenix on Tuesday. He's averaging 22.7 points over his past 10 games.

With center Chris Kaman (back) missing his seventh consecutive game, the Clippers had difficulties stopping Aldridge, who was 11-for-18 from the field and has scored at least 20 points in each of the past eight games. He has led Portland in scoring in the past three games and five of the past eight. Roy has led the Blazers in the other three.

"The young fellows, Roy and Aldridge, I love their game," Mobley said. "They're smart and know how to play."

Aldridge got the best of rookie Al Thornton, who struggled through a 2-for-10 shooting night for the Clippers and finished with five points.

The Blazers are 6½ games behind Golden State for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Aldridge was almost unstoppable from the beginning, hitting his first seven shots and finishing the first quarter with 14 points and five rebounds to give Portland a 32-24 lead.

The Clippers adjusted, throwing double-teams at Aldridge when he touched the ball.

"I'm learning," he said. "I watched film and saw how they were double-teaming me last time. I made a conscious effort to find guys open."

Parker came in off the bench and energized the Clippers, hitting his first five shots and getting Los Angeles within 41-39. Dickau hit a 3 to put the Clippers ahead 48-46 and converted a three-point play to put them up by four.

Powell, Ross, Dickau and Parker were a combined 18-for-21 and Los Angeles shot 64 percent in the first half to go into the break tied at 57.

"We played hard, played together," Powell said. "This was one of our better games on both ends of the floor."

The Blazers tightened up their defense in the third and began to pull away, going on a 16-3 run to make it 77-64. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Blake, who had 10 in the quarter, and Webster extended the lead to 83-67.

The Blazers beat the Clippers 82-80 in the teams' first meeting Feb. 27 despite missing Roy.

Notes

  • Clippers' F Tim Thomas left the game after the first quarter with a stomach virus.
  • The first quarter went all Portland's way. The Blazers had 11 assists against only one turnover, and Sergio Rodriguez beat the horn with a 35-footer.
  • The Clippers are 9-24 on the road this season.
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LaMarcus Aldridge gets two of his 22 points the easy way en route to a double-double.  (Getty Images)
LaMarcus Aldridge gets two of his 22 points the easy way en route to a double-double. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (21-47) 24331827102
Portland (36-33) «32253020107
LAC:C. Mobley 24 Pts
LAC:C. Mobley 7 Reb
LAC:D. Dickau 7 Ast
POR:L. Aldridge 22 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 12 Reb
POR:S. Blake 11 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandLos Angeles

L. Aldridge

C. Mobley
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
221272473
Los Angeles
Q. Ross, SF416-80-030512
A. Thornton, SF402-100-02445
J. Powell, SF339-143-562421
D. Dickau, PG325-53-317214
T. Thomas, PF122-40-02116
C. Mobley, SG388-176-673024
S. Parker, PG276-90-127514
N. Fazekas, PF183-60-15226
B. Knight, PGDid Not Play
A. Williams, CDid Not Play
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
C. Maggette, SFDid Not Play
S. Livingston, PGDid Not Play
C. Kaman, CDid Not Play
P. Davis, CDid Not Play
Totals 41-7312-16282623102
 56.2%75.0% 
Portland
B. Roy, SG408-175-946021
L. Aldridge, PF3811-180-0127222
S. Blake, PG355-112-2211415
M. Webster, SG355-72-241416
J. Przybilla, C294-50-03038
J. Jack, PG172-53-32128
T. Outlaw, SF152-52-22016
C. Frye, PF144-40-03118
J. Jones, SF130-30-02020
S. Rodriguez, PG61-10-00103
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
V. Wafer, SGDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
Totals 42-7614-18342819107
 55.3%77.8% 
Other Games
Min 113 Final
Ind 124
Phi 95 Final
Orl 113
Tor 83 Final
Cle 90
Wash 103 Final
Mia 86
Den 125 Final
NJ 114
Mem 120 Final
NY 106
Sac 89 Final
SA 102
Hou 109 Final
GS 106
Sea 105 Final
LAL 130