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Clippers beat Trail Blazers 107-101 for Rivers' 900th win

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers were kings of the fourth quarter. Portland star Damian Lillard lost his crown, at least for a night anyway.

Lou Williams made a go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds left, then added a 3-pointer and finished with 26 points to lift Los Angeles over the Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday for coach Doc Rivers' 900th career victory.

''Doc never stops going and grinding,'' Kawhi Leonard said. ''He never gets bored.''

Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland with 22 points apiece, but surprisingly both got blanked in the fourth quarter. That's usually Lillard's time to shine, but the Clippers' defense wasn't having it.

''Usually I can make those shots down the stretch, but they weren't falling,'' Lillard said. ''They were coming out to guard me and picking up full court. Pat Beverley did a good job on defense.''

Lillard missed four shots and went 0 for 3 from 3-point range, while McCollum also missed four shots.

''It's the third game that we've won, in my opinion, completely because of our defense,'' Rivers said. ''Our offense was below average. If you can win a game and not play well offensively, that says a lot about your team.''

Leonard had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six turnovers after missing a nationally televised loss to Milwaukee the previous night as part of load management for his knee.

''Over the last six minutes of the game, we got stops, got rebounds and made our free throws. Lou also made a big 3 for us,'' Leonard said. ''We played good defense and stuck in there the whole game and we stayed positive. It was a grind-out win for us.''

Leonard and Williams combined to score the Clippers' final 15 points. Leonard sealed the win with four straight free throws as fans chanted ''MVP! MVP!''

''The Lou-him combination was lethal down the stretch,'' Rivers said.

With Lillard and McCollum getting shut down, Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points in the fourth, including Portland's first 12 of the quarter.

The Clippers rallied from eight points down early in the period, taking their first lead on Leonard's basket.

The Blazers tied it 98-all on a three-point play by Hassan Whiteside.

Williams' jumper put the Clippers ahead for good and he followed it up with a 3 - one of just four made by the Clippers in the game.

''I felt if I had an inch, I'd go for the kill,'' Williams said.

The Blazers regained the lead in the third, outscoring the Clippers 36-23. Portland tied it 61-all on McCollum's 3-pointer, spurring an 18-7 run that sent the Blazers into the fourth leading 76-70.

TIP-INS

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. Patterson landed near the LA bench. ''Surprised the foot made it up that high,'' said the 6-foot-8 Patterson. McCollum is 6-3. ''I was playing full speed and I ran into him on the baseline,'' McCollum said. ''I didn't do it on purpose.'' ... Portland's 40 points in the first half were its fewest in a half this season.

Clippers: Improved to 5-1 at home. ... Leonard went over 3,000 rebounds in his career, and Ivica Zubac surpassed 700 boards. ... Won the second half of a back-to-back for the second time this season.

900 WINS

Rivers got doused by Montrezl Harrell in the postgame locker room to celebrate his milestone. He's the 13th coach in NBA history to reach 900 wins.

Rivers began his coaching career 21 years ago and credited late Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly for vouching for him.

''It's just the people,'' he said, citing his assistants over the years in Orlando, Boston and LA. ''The players are the most important. They make you better. Those plays you run at the end, that's the players making those shots. It's all them.''

GOING RETRO

To celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary, the Clippers wore Buffalo Braves-styled orange and black trimmed jerseys representing their years in New York state from 1970-78. The first 5,000 fans received tube socks. The Blazers also are marking 50 years in existence.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back, their second of the season.

Clippers: Host the Toronto Raptors on Monday in Leonard's first game against the team he led to its first NBA championship last season.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
K. Leonard
2 SF
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
29.3 Pts. Per Game 29.3
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
48.0 Field Goal % 46.2
48.1 Three Point % 45.7
88.0 Free Throw % 86.8
  Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley 0:00
  Anfernee Simons missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 0:02
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Damian Lillard 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard 0:03
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on CJ McCollum 0:13
+ 2 Rodney Hood made jump shot 0:17
Team Stats
Points 101 107
Field Goals 39-104 (37.5%) 39-89 (43.8%)
3-Pointers 11-39 (28.2%) 4-23 (17.4%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 25-30 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 58 66
Offensive 17 13
Defensive 34 44
Team 7 9
Assists 18 20
Steals 7 6
Blocks 4 12
Turnovers 13 17
Fouls 28 14
Technicals 0 1
22 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
26 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 3-5 22183625101
home team logo Clippers 6-3 26212337107
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 3-5 112.8 PPG 46.5 RPG 17.8 APG
home team logo Clippers 6-3 114.5 PPG 48.2 RPG 22.4 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 29.8 PPG 4.8 RPG 6.8 APG 46.2 FG%
K. Leonard SF 26.8 PPG 8.9 RPG 6.0 APG 44.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 22 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
K. Leonard SF 27 PTS 13 REB 4 AST
37.5 FG% 43.8
28.2 3PT FG% 17.4
75.0 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 22 6 6 9/23 3/10 1/2 2 38 3 0 3 1 5 -3 40
C. McCollum 22 7 3 9/23 1/6 3/3 4 39 0 0 2 3 4 +1 33
H. Whiteside 17 19 1 7/18 0/0 3/4 2 27 1 2 3 9 10 +1 38
R. Hood 5 5 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 4 29 1 0 1 1 4 -13 12
A. Tolliver 4 2 1 1/3 1/3 1/1 0 20 0 1 1 0 2 +8 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 22 6 6 9/23 3/10 1/2 2 38 3 0 3 1 5 -3 40
C. McCollum 22 7 3 9/23 1/6 3/3 4 39 0 0 2 3 4 +1 33
H. Whiteside 17 19 1 7/18 0/0 3/4 2 27 1 2 3 9 10 +1 38
R. Hood 5 5 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 4 29 1 0 1 1 4 -13 12
A. Tolliver 4 2 1 1/3 1/3 1/1 0 20 0 1 1 0 2 +8 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Simons 17 2 2 5/13 3/8 4/6 3 26 0 0 0 1 1 -7 23
K. Bazemore 8 2 3 3/7 2/6 0/0 4 13 1 0 1 0 2 -1 16
S. Labissiere 4 3 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 5 20 0 1 1 1 2 0 9
M. Hezonja 2 5 0 1/9 0/3 0/0 3 24 1 0 1 1 4 -16 7
J. Nurkic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Trent Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Little - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 51 18 39/104 11/39 12/16 28 236 7 4 13 17 34 -30 186
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 27 13 4 9/23 0/5 9/10 2 33 1 2 6 1 12 +8 45
I. Zubac 15 13 1 7/12 0/0 1/2 1 19 1 2 0 9 4 -3 33
L. Shamet 8 1 0 2/4 2/4 2/2 3 30 1 0 2 0 1 +7 8
P. Patterson 6 3 1 2/7 1/4 1/2 0 20 0 0 0 1 2 -3 11
P. Beverley 2 4 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 5 30 1 2 1 0 4 +9 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 27 13 4 9/23 0/5 9/10 2 33 1 2 6 1 12 +8 45
I. Zubac 15 13 1 7/12 0/0 1/2 1 19 1 2 0 9 4 -3 33
L. Shamet 8 1 0 2/4 2/4 2/2 3 30 1 0 2 0 1 +7 8
P. Patterson 6 3 1 2/7 1/4 1/2 0 20 0 0 0 1 2 -3 11
P. Beverley 2 4 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 5 30 1 2 1 0 4 +9 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 26 3 8 7/16 1/3 11/12 1 28 0 3 3 0 3 +5 45
M. Harrell 15 6 1 7/11 0/1 1/2 1 28 2 3 1 2 4 +9 27
M. Harkless 8 1 1 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 0 1 -4 10
R. McGruder 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 3 +5 2
J. Green 0 10 0 0/5 0/3 0/0 0 15 0 0 2 0 10 -3 8
P. George - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Mann - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kabengele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Coffey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 57 20 39/89 4/23 25/30 14 235 6 12 17 13 44 +30 205