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Two nights after routing the Phoenix Suns at home, the Portland Trail Blazers suffered their own blowout road loss with a 116-86 drubbing against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Superstar Damian Lillard finished with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting and missed all eight of his three-pointers.

The Blazers (1-2) shot poorly, connecting on just 37% of their field goals and 22.2% of their threes. They couldn’t take care of the ball, turning it over 30 times. And they allowed the Clippers (1-2) to shoot 46.7% from the field.

The Blazers fell behind 31-17 after the first quarter, were down 56-42 at halftime and then headed to the fourth trailing 91-61. Coach Chauncey Billups had his reserves play nearly all of the fourth quarter.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 20 points.

Here’s a recap of how the game unfolded.



- The Clippers go on to win the game 116-86. Luke Kennard had a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, while Reggie Jackson added 18 and Paul George had 16 points and eight steals. For the Blazers, CJ McCollum had 20 points, Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons scored 12 apiece and Nassir Little finished with 10.

- A Cody Zeller dunk with 3:43 left, and the Clippers’ lead is 106-75.

- Facing a huge deficit early in the fourth quarter, the Blazers turned to their reserves to finish things off. Greg Brown III throws down a nice dunk on a lob from Dennis Smith Jr. with 7:38 to go. Nassir Little hits a three at the 6:33 mark, and the Blazers are down 103-72.

THIRD QUARTER (Clippers 91, Blazers 61)

- The Clippers won the third quarter 35-19 and led 91-61 heading into the fourth quarter. Portland went 7 of 24 (29.2%) in the quarter and made just 1 of 8 threes while committing a whopping 10 turnovers.

- Justise Winslow makes driving layup and now it’s 83-52.

- Kennard with a three. Clippers up 81-52.

- The Clippers have scored seven consecutive points including a two-point basket from Paul George to lead 78-52 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter.

- Another Zubac layup, then a Batum dunk, then a Zubac layup. Clippers are doing whatever they want on offense. Lead 71-52.

- Zubac layup. Clippers up 67-48. Timeout Blazers.

- Lillard just shot a deep three and it only hit the right side of the backboard. He is now 0 of 6 on threes.

- Clippers open the quarter outscoring the Blazers 12-6 to go up 65-48. Reggie Jackson just hit a three.

SECOND QUARTER (Clippers 56, Blazers 42)

- Poor play all the way around from the Blazers has them down 56-42 at halftime.

Blazers shooting 39% from the field and 26.1% on threes. Portland has committed 11 turnovers. McCollum is leading the way with 16 points. Damian Lillard is 3 of 8 from the field and 0 of 5 on threes. Has scored eight points with two assists.

Covington and Nurkic are scoreless.

On the other side, the Clippers shot 51.1% led by Luke Kennard who came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He has made 4 of 5 threes.

Reggie Jackson has 11 points and Paul George has 10.

- Kennard made the free throw. He has 17 points off the bench. Clippers up 56-38.

- Kennard fouled by Little after hitting a three.

- Lillard just shot an airball on a three-attempt. He is 0 of 5 on threes.

- Reggie Jackson hits a three after Nurkic careless turns the ball over on a pass inside. McCollum then answered with a three. Clippers up 52-38 with 3:25 remaining in the quarter.

- A McCollum three makes it 45-33, Clippers.

- Lillard scored on a follow of his own missed three. Now has six points and is 0 of 3 on threes.

- Clippers have 13 assists on 17 field goals. Blazers have 5 assists on 10 field goals. Clippers lead 41-25 with 8:24 remaining in the first half.

- Luke Kennard is killing the Blazers. He has 13 points and is 3 of 3 on threes. Clippers up 39-25.

- Anfernee Simons made two free throws then scored on a three. Kennard answered with a three and then McCollum scored on a floater. Clippers up 36-25.

FIRST QUARTER (Clippers 31, Blazers 17).

- Quarter ends with Blazers down 31-17. They clearly aren’t as sharp on offense as they were against the Suns. Not even close. Blazers shot 7 of 21 from the field and 2 of 10 on threes. Portland committed five turnovers.

Lillard has four points. McCollum has scored five on 2-of-7 shooting.

Reggie Jackson and Paul George each have eight. Luke Kennard came off the bench to score seven.

- Since leading 17-15, the Clippers have been on a 14-2 run to lead 31-17.

- Timeout Blazers with 2:46 on the clock.

- Kennard hits a three. Blazers down 20-15.

- Blazers 2 of 9 on three so far.

- Reggie Jackson reverse layup just gave the Clippers a 17-14 lead. 4:13 remaining.

- George hit a three to give the Clippers a 13-11 lead but McCollum came back with a three of his own. 14-13, Blazers.

- Reggie Jackson and Paul George each have five points for the Clippers.

- Damian Lillard gave the Blazers the lead with a runner off the glass. McCollum just scored on a fadeaway jumper over Zubac. Portland up 11-10 with 6:56 remaining.

- Nassir Little got the scoring going with a three. He already has five points. Game is tied at 7-7.


The Portland Trail Blazers will start Nassir Little at small forward in place of the injured Norman Powell, coach Chauncey Billups announced before the team’s game Monday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Powell, who injured his left patellar tendinopathy during the second quarter of Saturday’s 134-105 over the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Center, is out for an unspecified amount of time.

Little had 11 points and 7 rebounds, plus provided a lot of energy, against Phoenix. He will need to do the same against the Clippers. Billups said he will matchup against forward Paul George.

“One, he’s played really well for us,” Billups said of Little. “We love his energy. He’s brought a lot to the table. Also his size and athleticism. He has a tough matchup with PG, tonight.”

George is averaging 35 points per game so far this season. Billups said that Little won’t spend the entire game alone on George but he will likely spend the most amount of minutes guarding the seven-time All-Star.

“You just kind of want to be solid,” Billups said of Little’s task. “You don’t want to do a lot of reaching. Paul is really crafty. He’s gonna get a lot of shots. A lot of opportunities. So, you’ve got to understand that you’re not going to lock a guy like that down.”


Be sure to check back for live updates during the game.



What: Trail Blazers (1-1) at Clippers (0-2), 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)

TV channel: Root Sports (in Portland: Comcast 34/734, DirecTV 687/688)

Watch the game live online: You can watch this game live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on DirecTV Stream’s “CHOICE” package (promotional offers), if you are out of fuboTV trials, or simply prefer that platform and their pricing plans. If you already have a cable or satellite provider that carries Root Sports and want to watch online, you can watch this game live on Root Sports Live.


Moneyline: LAC: -150 | POR: +125

Spread: LAC: -3 | Over/Under: 230.5


Blazers: G Norman Powell (left patellar tendinopathy) and G/F Tony Snell (right foot sprain) are out for Monday’s game at LA Clippers.

Clippers: Keon Johnson (illness) is questionable, Serge Ibaka (low back; injury recovery), Kawhi Leonard (right knee; ACL injury recovery), Marcus Morris Sr. (left knee; conditioning) and Jason Preston (right foot; injury recovery) are out.


The Blazers return home to host Memphis on Wednesday and the Clippers on Friday.

-- Aaron Fentress | | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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