Clippers 103, Trail Blazers 96
House hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline with 3.8 seconds left to send the game to overtime, and Corey Maggette scored 32 points in Los Angeles Clippers’ 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
“The play was drawn up for me,” House said. “Elton set a good screen and Marko made the perfect pass. The execution on that play was very good.”
Brand had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who beat Portland for only the sixth time in 28 meetings and extended the Trail Blazers’ road losing streak against Western Conference teams to 14 games.
“When you play good defense and have very few turnovers, that usually leads to victories,” House said. “We played a lot of team defense. It was big to get this win here at home, since road games are tough to win.”
No one needs to tell that to the Trail Blazers.
Portland ended a five-game road trip 1-4 and has not beaten a Western Conference opponent away from the Rose Garden since April 8 at Houston.
Damon Stoudamire scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for Portland. Reserve guard Derek Anderson added 22 in his fourth game off the injured list. Rasheed Wallace sat out his third straight game because of a sprained left ankle, but was in uniform.
Portland scored nine straight points in the first quarter to erase an eight-point deficit, and neither team led by more than five until Maggette’s 14-foot fadeaway in overtime gave the Clippers a 100-94 lead with 1:04 remaining.
Brand had a critical three-point play with 2:03 left in OT, and Maggette added a layup and a 14-footer. The Blazers shot 2-for-7 during the final five minutes.
“How many games have we lost like that? We played a heck of a game, and then we don’t play at the end like we are supposed to,” said Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks, whose came in with a 7-2 record in games decided by fewer than five points.
Stoudamire, 1-for-6 from the field over the first three quarters, suddenly found his range behind 3-point arc in the fourth. He drained three 3s in a 3 1/2 -minute span to give the Blazers a 77-76 edge with 7:18 remaining.
Stoudamire added a driving layup and a 20-footer 30 seconds apart to turn a one-point deficit into an 84-81 lead with 3:50 to play. He then added hit a pair of driving layups for a 90-86 lead with 1:13 left.
Clippers rookie center Chris Kaman came down with a rebound of Stoudamire’s missed shot, but hit Zach Randolph with an elbow trying to gain control. The Blazers retained possession, and Anderson converted a foul by Maggette into a pair of free throws that gave Portland a 92-89 lead with 12.6 seconds left in regulation.
House followed with his clutch shot, sending Los Angeles into overtime for the second straight game.
“We had great execution,” coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Eddie was able to run the play, lose his man, get the pick—and did the main thing by knockingthe shot down.”
The fourth quarter had three false starts because of an electrical malfunction that jammed the clock at 11:58 each time. Referee Bennett Salvatore ordered the timekeeper to start it at 11:56, and the ball was inbounded at midcourt by the Clippers. … This was the first regular-season game Dunleavy coached against Portland since the Trail Blazers fired him after the 2000-01 season. They were 190-106 under him and made the playoffs all four times, getting as far as the Western Conference finals in 1999 and 2000. … Anderson spent one season with the Clippers, averaging a career-high 16.9 points in 1999-00 while enduring losing streaks of 17, 13 and 10 games. His longest losing streak in two-plus seasons with Portland is six. … Portland F Qyntel Woods, making his fourth straight start, picked up two fouls six seconds apart with the game less than four minutes old. He returned to the court with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half and got his third foul just 45 seconds laterbefore returning to the bench.