George and Harden Lead Clippers to 116-103 Victory Over Trail Blazers

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The Los Angeles Clippers emerged victorious against the Portland Trail Blazers with a score of 116-103 during Wednesday’s NBA action, moving ahead in the Western Conference playoff race. Paul George and James Harden led the Clippers, with George scoring 27 points and Harden contributing 19 points along with 14 assists, ensuring their team’s dominance on the court.

The victory placed the Clippers a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans, securing the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. The battle for playoff positioning intensifies as the Clippers and Trail Blazers face off again in Portland for a consequential two-game series conclusion.

Rookies Scoot Henderson and Kris Murray stood out for Portland, with Henderson adding 18 points and five assists and Murray reaching a season-high 17 points. However, their efforts fell short against the Clippers’ assertive gameplay.

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A decisive 34-point third quarter for the Clippers, featuring 17 points from Kawhi Leonard, shifted the momentum and extended their lead significantly. After the halftime break, the Clippers’ offensive surge and strategic plays put the game beyond the Trail Blazers’ reach.

“We got really good individuals on the defensive side and we put it together tonight,” George said. “We played good defense, we got stops, we got out and got some easy opportunities. Honestly, that’s when we are clicking and at our best – when we don’t have to come against a loaded defense every possession.”

Portland’s struggle was evident in the third quarter, marked by seven turnovers that led to 13 points for the Clippers, highlighting their defensive shortcomings.

“It was a lot of turnovers that led to points. That was the biggest thing. That was kind of all it is,” Murray reflected on the Trail Blazers’ performance and the pivotal moments that led to their downfall.

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Amir Coffey‘s three-pointer further solidified the Clippers’ lead, prompting Portland to call for time in an attempt to halt Los Angeles’s momentum. However, the Clippers’ strategic execution and relentless pursuit of extending their advantage were too much for the Trail Blazers.

“We had a mindset of let’s get another run,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue remarked on the team’s focus and execution. “Even though they called a timeout to stop the run, let’s be professional. I give our guys credit – tonight, they did that.”

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With the largest lead stretching to 27 points and a commanding 34-20 score in the third quarter, the Clippers showcased their potential and readiness for the playoff battles ahead.

As both teams prepare for their next encounter in Portland, the Clippers look to solidify their standing, while the Trail Blazers aim to bounce back and even the series.

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