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Will Barton puts up double-double, Trail Blazers slip by Clippers

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Wesley Matthews finished with eight points behind two made three's to surpass the 200-mark for the season, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-104. The Trail Blazers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 29 assists and turning it over only 10 times. Portland (54-28) is now on a five-game winning streak.

Matthews shot 3-7, including 2-5 from three-point range. He registered three assists, zero steals and zero rebounds also Other key performers for Portland were Will Barton with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Robin Lopez with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Victor Claver with 12 points and six rebounds. Jamal Crawford had another strong game for Los Angeles despite the loss, putting up 34 points on 10-25 shooting (3-10 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 11-11 from the free throw line. He also added eight assists and five rebounds. Matt Barnes contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Darren Collison finished with 19 points and seven assists.

In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Portland (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.12 points per possession. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.90, the Trail Blazers are 11-2 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Clippers are 6-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

This drops Los Angeles (57-25) to 1-2 versus Portland on the season.


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