Blake Griffin scored 36 points and recorded 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers slip by the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-117. The Clippers played an efficient game offensively, shooting 46-79 (58.2%) from the field and turning it over just eight times. Los Angeles (37-18) has now won three consecutive games.
Griffin finished 13-21 and went 10-12 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other key players for Los Angeles included Chris Paul with 20 points and 12 assists, and DeAndre Jordan with 14 points and 6 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had another quality performance for Portland in the loss, putting up 25 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Nicolas Batum contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds and Robin Lopez finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The high-powered offense of Los Angeles (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Portland (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.23 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 60.8%, the Clippers posted a FTA rate of 39.2. This season, they are undefeated (9-0) when they exceed 55% and 35.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Portland (36-17) to 1-1 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up, the Clippers will take on the San Antonio Spurs (38-15) on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers also go up against the Spurs in their next game as well, taking place on Wednesday. The Clippers are 1-1 versus San Antonio this season. The Trail Blazers have come away with a win the last two games against San Antonio.