LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers opened the new year the same way they ended the old one -- with a victory.
Chris Kaman scored 20 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and Los Angeles pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Monday night in the teams' second matchup in five days.
"We did a nice job of getting the ball into Kaman and letting him anchor us," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.
The Clippers have won two straight for only the fifth time this season. They will have a chance to equal their best streak of three in a row Wednesday against the defending NBA champion Lakers.
"We had a slow start in the first half and took care of the ball better in the second half," Kaman said. "We had a good team game overall, were able to get stops and execute."
Martell Webster scored a season-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, Andre Miller had 22 points and 16 assists and Juwan Howard added 16 points for the Blazers, who won 103-99 last week in Portland. Brandon Roy was held to six points after scoring 25 last week.
"They did a good job of denying me the basketball and double-teaming me when they had to," Roy said. "I wasn't as aggressive in the double-teams and we were a little late getting to our positions."
The Clippers led by four points going into the final 12 minutes. They opened with an 18-6 spurt, including six by Rasual Butler, to take their largest lead to that point, 95-80. The Blazers went nearly four minutes without a basket in that stretch.
"We made it an offensive game, and we didn't establish that we could stop that team," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "So they got what they wanted and controlled the majority of the game."
Butler scored 11 of his 13 points in the period. Baron Davis had 15 points and nine assists after going 2 of 15 from the field in last week's loss to the Blazers.
He cut down his turnovers in the second half, when he committed two after having six in the first two quarters.
Kaman added eight rebounds and four assists in a continuation of the dominance he has shown since the season began. He has scored 20 or more points in 10 of the past 11 games and just missed his 10th double-double in the last 13 games. Kaman is the Western Conference's top scoring center and second-leading rebounder.
"I think the whole league feels that if that team is healthy and together, they are a serious threat in the West," McMillan said.
Butler was the only starter who played the final 1½ minutes for the Clippers, when the reserves gave up three consecutive field goals.
The game was tied at halftime and neither team led by more than seven points in the third.
The Clippers ended Portland's four-game winning streak against them at Staples Center, where the Blazers had won seven of the previous eight.
|Eric Gordon finishes with 19 points and is one of five Clippers to score in double figures. (AP)|
|L.A. Clippers (15-18) «||20||25||33||27||105|
|POR:M. Webster 25 Pts
POR:J. Pendergraph 7 Reb
POR:A. Miller 16 Ast
|LAC:C. Kaman 20 Pts
LAC:M. Camby 15 Reb
LAC:B. Davis 9 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|A. Miller, PG||40||9-20||4-7||3||16||1||22|
|M. Webster, SG||40||9-15||2-3||6||0||0||25|
|B. Roy, SG||40||3-12||0-0||4||6||2||6|
|J. Howard, PF||36||8-11||0-0||4||0||5||16|
|J. Pendergraph, PF||30||4-4||0-0||7||0||3||8|
|D. Cunningham, SF||24||3-5||1-2||3||0||3||7|
|J. Bayless, PG||23||2-6||2-2||1||2||1||7|
|P. Mills, PG||5||0-3||0-0||0||2||1||0|
|S. Randolph, PF||3||1-1||2-2||1||1||0||4|
|A. Tolliver, PF||Did Not Play|
|N. Batum, SF||Did Not Play|
|G. Oden, C||Did Not Play|
|R. Fernandez, SG||Did Not Play|
|S. Blake, PG||Did Not Play|
|L. Aldridge, PF||Did Not Play|
|T. Outlaw, SF||Did Not Play|
|J. Przybilla, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|R. Butler, SG||39||5-10||1-1||2||1||0||13|
|M. Camby, C||36||4-9||1-2||15||6||2||9|
|B. Davis, PG||35||5-8||5-6||3||9||2||15|
|C. Kaman, C||32||9-13||2-2||8||4||1||20|
|E. Gordon, SG||27||6-10||3-4||2||2||4||19|
|R. Davis, SF||25||4-6||1-2||1||1||2||10|
|S. Telfair, PG||13||2-2||2-2||1||4||1||6|
|C. Smith, PF||11||4-5||0-0||4||1||2||8|
|D. Jordan, C||10||1-1||0-0||2||0||1||2|
|A. Thornton, SF||9||1-5||0-0||0||0||1||3|
|S. Novak, SF||2||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|B. Skinner, PF||Did Not Play|
|K. Rush, SG||Did Not Play|
|M. Collins, PG||Did Not Play|
|B. Griffin, PF||Did Not Play|
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