Clippers beat the Trail Blazers Again in April

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The Clippers beat the Trail Blazers for the second time in the month of April. The first matchup took place on April 6th and in that game Paul George had 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. Kawahi Leonard had a double double with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Reggie Jackson had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Ivica Zubac chipped in with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. 

The game earlier this month saw the Clippers go on a 47 point run in the first quarter to lead by 15 at home over Portland. Heading into halftime the Clippers had a 73-66 lead. LAC was clearly in control heading into the 4th quarter as they led 101-89 . The final score ended up 133-116.

On Tuesday April 20th the Clippers visited Portland in a much more closely contested game, largely in part because Kawahi Leonard sat this one out with a foot injury. Paul George once again led the way for Clippers scorers with 33 points. He added 11 rebounds and chipped in 3 assists in 37 minutes. Marcus Morris Sr. helped out with 16 points and 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Three other Clippers hit double digit scoring: Batum (11 pts), Zubac (10 pts), and Cousins (11 pts).

It was a one point after after one quarter with Portland leading 31-30 at home and they held a 4 point lead at the half. The third quarter was pivotal for LA as they outscored Portland by 8 to take a 4 point lead into the fourth quarter. LAC was outscored by 3 points in the final quarter but held on for a 113-112 win. LAC is currently 41-19 while Portland is 32-25.

Shawn Mierczynski

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