Blazers push streak to 13
The Trail Blazers continued their dominance of NBA opposition with a 122-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center.
Damian Lillard scored 23 points and CJ McCollum added 21 for the Blazers, who won their 13th straight game. It's Portland's longest win streak since a 13-game skein early in the 2007-08 season.
Portland (44-26) is in third place in the Western Conference playoff race, two games ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma City (43-29) and four games in front of Utah, New Orleans and San Antonio (all 40-30). The Blazers play host to the team with the league's best record, Houston (56-14), Tuesday night at Moda Center.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Blazers. Moe Harkless scored 21 points, Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points along with 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Al-Farouq Aminu collected 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Blazers shot .500 from the field and were 14 for 29 (.483) from 3-point range.
Lou Williams went for 30 points and Montrezl Harrell chipped in 24 off the bench for the Clippers, who have lost three in a row.
Portland jumped to a 24-18 lead after one quarter. The Clippers used an 11-2 run to go ahead 31-30 midway through the second quarter. It was 44-44 when the Blazers scored 12 in a row to take a 56-44 advantage. The Clippers answered with an 8-0 run to draw to within 56-52. Portland settled for a six-point bulge at the half.
The Blazers outscored the Clippers 20-10 to start the third quarter and increase its advantage to 78-62. L.A. rallied with a 9-0 tear to cut the difference to 78-71. The Blazers answered with a 10-3 run to go on top 88-74. The Clippers came back with seven straight points to make it 88-81, but Lillard hit three straight free throws as the Blazers carried a 91-81 lead into the fourth quarter.
Portland extended its edge to 105-89 early in the final period. The Clippers got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.