Harrell, Clippers harangue Blazers
After three straight victories — albeit two over the Chicago Bulls and one against the Oklahoma City Thunder — the Trail Blazers sought a victory over a playoff contender Tuesday night at Staples Center.
The results weren't encouraging.
The Los Angeles Clippers broke open a tight game in the third quarter and breezed to a 117-97 victory over Portland.
Blazer-killer Montrezl Harrell came off the bench for 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting with nine rebounds for the Clippers (16-6), who won the game at the 3-point line. L.A. was 17 for 34 (.500) while Portland hit only 7 of 27 attempts (.259) from beyond the arc.
Paul George added 25 points for the Clippers, hitting 6 of 7 3-point attempts. Kawhi Leonard added 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists but was only 3 for 15 from the field.
CJ McCollum scored 20 points for the Blazers (8-13). Hassan Whiteside had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Damian Lillard contributed 16 points and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony made only 2 of 9 field-goal attempts, finishing with nine points and six rebounds.
The Clippers used a 14-3 run to start the third quarter to increase a 62-59 lead to 76-62. Portland came back with a 7-0 spurt to draw within 76-69. The L.A. clan took an 89-76 advantage into the final period. The difference grew to 102-80 with seven minutes to go.
Portland used an 8-0 run to tie the score at 18-18. The Blazers had a 30-29 lead after one quarter.
Portland's advantage increased to 35-31 on five straight points by Anthony, but the Clippers carried a three-point edge into the half.
The Blazers return to Moda Center Wednesday night to play host to Sacramento (8-11). Portland has 10 of its next 13 games at home.
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