Clippers lose to Portland to finish exhibition season at 2-6

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Blake Griffin

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Blake Griffin scored 21 points, but the Clippers were beaten 99-89 by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center in the final exhibition game. The Clippers, who open the real season Oct. 30 against Oklahoma City, finished 2-6.

J.J. Redick and Jared Cunningham scored 12 apiece for Los Angeles, but no one else on the team was in double figures. Chris Paul had eight points and 11 assists, Spencer Hawes had nine points and seven rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored eight points.

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers in rebounding with nine, but the team was outrebounded 49-39.

Portland, which went 4-3 in exhibition play, got 21 points from Damian Lillard, 14 from Meyers Leonard and 13 from Chris Kaman, who also had nine rebounds.

 

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Blake Griffin has solid first half, but Clippers trail Blazers 54-46

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Blake Griffin scored 17 points in the first half for the Clippers on Friday, but no other player on the team was in double figures as they trailed the Portland Trail Blazers 54-46 at intermission at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick had seven points in the half, Matt Barnes six.

Damian Lilard has 18 points for the Trail Blazers.

Los Angeles is shooting 48.8 percent from the field to just 42.5 for Portland. But the Trail Blazers have been to the free-throw line 19 times and have made 16. The Clippers are 3 of 5 from the line.

 

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Clippers to participate in charity event in South Central L.A.

The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation will partner with Feed the Children to distribute boxes of food, personal care items, school uniforms and shoes to 1,600 families on Saturday at Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center in South Central Los Angeles.

Clippers players and coach Doc Rivers will begin food distribution at 11 a.m. Members of the U.S. Army as well as Clippers season-ticket holders will participate as well.

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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul lead Clippers to 108-105 victory over Phoenix

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Blake Griffin scored 35 points and Chris Paul had 34 to lead the Clippers to a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night before 13,477 at Staples Center. Paul also had nine assists.

The Clippers are now 2-5 in exhibition play, Phoenix is 4-2.

The Clippers were outrebounded 43-35, but DeAndre Jordan did not play for Los Angeles. Neither did sixth-man Jamal Crawford.

The Clippers shot 49.4 percent from the field, their highest in seven exhibition games. The Suns shot just 44.3 percent.

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 27 points and Gerald Green had 23.

Leading 106-105, Paul made a layup with five seconds left for the game’s final points. Phoenix’s Green then missed a 3-point attempt.

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Clippers trail the Phoenix Suns 61-58 at halftime at Staples Center

The Clippers trail the Phoenix Suns 61-58 at halftime Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Chris Paul has 18 points to lead the Clippers, Blake Griffin has 16. The Clippers are just 1-5 in exhibition play.

Phoenix (4-1) has gotten 16 points from Eric Bledsoe.

The Clippers are shooting 53.7 from the field, 53.3 (8 of 15) from 3-point range.

Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan are not playing for the Clippers

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Blake Griffin investigated for allegedly slapping man in Vegas nightclub

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TMZ reported today (Wednesday) that Blake Griffin is being investigated for alleged battery on a man at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday. The Clippers played the Denver Nuggets at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday.

According to the report, Griffin allegedly took the man’s cell phone from him when the man was using a flash from it to take pictures inside the Tao nightclub. Eventually, the story says, Griffin allegedly slapped the man.

Jesse Roybal, public information officer at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said Wednesday afternoon that as far as he knows there have been no charges filed at this point. Roybal also told this newspaper that the investigation remains open.

The Clippers said they expect  Griffin will put out a statement shortly

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 125-107 loss at Golden State

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- Forward Matt Barnes went 1-for-7 from the field. That makes his 3-for-31 during the exhibition season. That equates to 9.3 percent.

- The Warriors shot 59 percent overall from the field, 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range. That is the third time in six exhibition games a team has shot better than 45 percent from beyond the arc against the Clippers. Portland shot 68 percent (17 of 25) on Oct. 12. The next day the Utah Jazz shot 46.7 (14 of 30).

- The Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. It was the second consecutive game in which they have shot under 40 percent. Their highest shooting percentage came this past Friday when they shot 44.6 percent in their only exhibition victory – 101-97 over Utah.

- While it’s true the Clippers rested Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in this one, they were still within just two points at halftime. They were then outscored by 16 in the second half. They scored 47 points in the second half after scoring 60 in the first.

- There was some good news. The Clippers, who have struggled from the free-throw line, shot 80.5 percent (33 of 41). That’s their highest percentage during the exhibition season; they have twice shot under 60 percent. Spencer Hawes (3-for-3), Chris Douglas-Roberts (4-for-4) and Jamal Crawford (5-for-5) were perfect. J.J. Redick was 6 of 7. DeAndre Jordan was 3 of 6.

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Warriors run away from Clippers in second half in Oakland

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Down by just two points at halftime, the Clippers did not have a strong second half and the result was a 125-107 loss Tuesday night at Golden State. The Clippers are now 1-5 in exhibition play with just two games left before the regular season begins Oct. 30 against Oklahoma City.

Leading just 62-60 at the break, the Warriors outscored the Clippers 35-25 in the third quarter to lead by 12 (97-85) heading into the fourth quarter.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were given the night off.

Guard Jared Cunningham led the Clippers with 23 points, but he was just 6 of 15 from the field as the Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. J.J. Redick scored 21, also shooting 6 of 15. Spencer Hawes, starting in place of Griffin, scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. And DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block; he did most of that damage in the first half.

Matt Barnes’ shooting woes continued. Heading in he had made just 2 of 24 from the field. He went 1 of 7 Tuesday and is now 3 of 31.

Jamal Crawford scored 10 off the bench, but shot just 2 of 8.

Also, Golden State (5-2) not only shot a robust 59 percent – 59.1 percent from 3-pont range (13 of 22) – they outrebounded the Clippers 46-31. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry led everyone with 27 points. Six other Warriors scored in double figures.

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DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick do big damage in first half at Golden State

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J.J. Redick

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DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out four assists, made two steals and had one block in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at Golden State. But the Warriors held a 62-60 lead; the Clippers led 33-27 after one quarter.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points in the half and Spencer Hawes, who started in place of the idle Blake Griffin at power forward, had 10 points and four rebounds. Matt Barnes, who came in having made just 2 of 24 shots in the previous five exhibition games, made 1 of 5 from the floor and scored three points.

Jamal Crawford has seven points off the bench.

Besides Griffin, Chris Paul is getting the night off.

The Clippers shot 44.2 percent from the field in the half.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 12 points and Klay Thompson and Justin Holiday had seven apiece.

Golden State shot 56.8 percent from the field.

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