George and Leonard Propel Clippers to 125-117 Victory Over Trail Blazers

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The Los Angeles Clippers, led by Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, emerged victorious against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 125-117 win during Friday’s NBA action, solidifying their position in the Western Conference playoff standings.

“We’re not looking at them,” George said about the Pelicans. “It’s more about us. We’ve got to play well and we’re in the driver’s seat. So it’s more about us.”

Despite a spirited performance from Scoot Henderson for Portland, the Trail Blazers’ struggles continued with their fifth consecutive loss, compounded by injuries to key players.

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The Clippers’ efficient shooting night saw them hitting 42% from beyond the arc and 56% overall, with George and Leonard leading the charge.

“When you play a team like that, they’re going to hit shots,” Henderson said. “You’ve just got to deal with it, move onto the next play and you’ve got to match that and try to get a stop again. If they keep hitting shots, it just is what it is. You’ve got to deal with it.”

With a significant lead allowing for rest in the fourth quarter for Leonard and George, the Clippers look ahead to maintaining their momentum.

“I just want us to lock in and be healthy,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “The West is tough anyway, no matter who we play or where you play. Whether you start at home, start on the road, it’s going to be tough. So it doesn’t really bother me or phase me in any way. We’ve just got to be healthy.”

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Portland coach Chauncey Billups said there was “no update” on Simons after the game.

The Clippers next face the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Trail Blazers aim to rebound against the Denver Nuggets.

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