“I think we’ve got a lot of things going here,” Maggette said. “We just need to get in synch. It’ll happen, sooner or later.”
Maggette and the Clippers will try to halt their rapid descent out of the postseason picture as they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
At 22-25 on Feb. 4, Los Angeles appeared to have a chance to make a serious run at the final playoff spot in the West, but things have fallen apart over the last month. The Clippers lost five straight from Feb. 6-18 and have not recovered, dropping 7 1/2 games behind eighth-place Denver in the West.
“I think we’re far better than them, but they’re just playing good basketball,” said Maggette, who also had six rebounds and a career-high seven assists. “We have stretches where we play good and play bad, but they’re playing consistent, doing the right things and not making mistakes.”
The conflict broke out with about five minutes left when Portland’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim stole the ball from Raja Bell and charged down the court. Bell, in pursuit, appeared to try to pull Abdur-Rahim to the ground, then the Blazers’ Ruben Patterson jumped into the fray and knocked Bell to the ground.
After all the players were separated, Bell, Abdur-Rahim and Patterson were charged with technical fouls. Bell was ejected for a flagrant foul.
With the win, Portland moved within 2 1/2 games of eighth-place Denver.