Blazers snap 7-game skid with 102-91 win over Clippers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) After the second of back-to-back 3-pointers found the bottom of the net, Damian Lillard pointed to his wrist signaling, ''It's Lillard time.''
The crowd roared.
When he hit the third 3, Lillard knew the Portland Trail Blazers' losing streak was ending.
''After I hit the third one I was like, whatever happens, I'm going to make sure we win this game,'' Lillard said.
Lillard finished with 27 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game skid with a 102-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Lillard's 3-pointer with 3 1/2 minutes left gave Portland a 90-85 lead. Blake Griffin answered with a basket on the other end, but Lillard nailed another 3.
Lillard hit another 3-pointer with 1:46 remaining to put Portland up 100-87 and the Clippers couldn't catch up.
CJ McCollum added 18 points for the Blazers, while Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Griffin led Los Angeles with 21 points. Jamal Crawford made five 3-pointers and finished with 20.
Paul Pierce did not play on the second night of a back-to-back. The Clippers blew a 23-point lead in a 124-117 home loss to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors the night before.
''We're just not finishing games right now,'' Chris Paul said.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he planned to play Paul sparingly, because the point guard continues to work his way back from a groin injury. Paul ended up playing more than 28 minutes and finished with 11 points and eight assists.
Paul had averaged 29.3 points in his past six games against the Blazers.
JJ Redick returned for Los Angeles after missing the last three games with back spasms. He played 26 minutes and had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Griffin left the floor in the first half but returned to the game with 8:04 remaining in the second quarter wearing a sleeve on his left leg.
The Clippers tied it at 70 with 1:39 left in the third quarter and Portland's was 75-73 heading into the final quarter.
Coming out of a Los Angeles timeout, Plumlee split a pair of free throws to put the Blazers on top 87-85. Lillard's back-to-back 3-pointers extended their lead to 93-87.
''He's been very determined,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''The back-to-back 3s would probably be the signature plays of the game. . I thought he showed a lot of leadership.''
Blazers: Meyers Leonard did not play because of a dislocated shoulder. He's missed four games. ... Ed Davis recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Clippers: The Clippers fell into third place in the Pacific Division, a game behind Phoenix.
Forward Ed Davis, who came to the Blazers as a free agent in the offseason, had 17 points and 15 rebounds - including a career-high 10 offensive rebounds, the most for the Blazers since Greg Oden had 10 in December 2009. Davis is the first Blazers player to have at least 15 points and 15 rebounds off the bench since Travis Outlaw in 2006.
In addition to Davis and Plumlee, Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The last time the Blazers had three players with double-doubles also came against the Clippers (LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Kaman and Meyers Leonard) last season.
Jamal Crawford on the fourth-quarter woes: ''It's like the moment of truth in every game. It's going to go one way or another. For us tonight in the moment of truth they stepped up and made plays, and we could just not get over that little hump. We were right there, but they wanted it more.''
Clippers: Host Toronto on Sunday.
Trail Blazers: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.