DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The depleted Clippers – missing stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – started 1 of 8 from the field on Wednesday in Game 5 of their first-round series with Portland at Staples Center. They trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter.
By the time halftime rolled around, the Clippers were able to take a 50-45 lead over the Trail Blazers into the break. The Clippers led by as many as eight points in the second quarter.
DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick scored 10 points apiece for the Clippers in the half with Jordan grabbing 11 rebounds. Austin Rivers had nine points, Jamal Crawford eight and Jeff Green seven.
Maurice Harkless led Portland with 17 points and C.J. McCollum and Gerald Henderson each scored eight. Damian Lillard had only three points, however. He was 0 of 5 from the field.
The Clippers shot 44.7 percent, the Trail Blazers just 35.9 percent.
The series is tied 2-2.
Chris Paul, right, is defended by Portland’s Maurice Harkless during Saturday’s game at Moda Center in Portland/AP photo by Craig Mitchelldyer
Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to hear that his team might have lacked focus in its 96-88 loss to Portland on Saturday in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. He would rather compliment Portland, which is what he did post-game.
“Yeah, it wasn’t the focus,” Rivers said. “It’s so easy when you lose, it’s focus; that’s the easy way. They played hard. They were tougher, they destroyed us on the glass, they ran harder, they got to their spots quicker, they got to the loose balls faster. They played hard, so they deserved to win the game. I really thought they deserved to win the game.”
The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Clippers 56-44. Sixteen of Portland’s rebounds were of the offensive variety, resulting in 18 second-chance points. The Clippers scored 14 points off of their 11 offensive rebounds.
The Clippers lead the series 2-1. It continues with Game 4 Monday night at Moda Center.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers led 19-4 early, but had to settle for a 49-49 tie with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at halftime at Staples Center.
Neither team shot well. The Clippers shot 34.8 percent, the Trail Blazers 36.0.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers (9-8) with 15 points in the half, but he shot just 4 of 13.
Maurice Harkless led the Trail Blazers (7-10) with 11 points.