George scores 36, Clippers rout Path Blazers 133-116
Paul George scored 36 factors and the Los Angeles Clippers rode a franchise-best 47-point first quarter to a 133-116 victory over the Portland Path Blazers on Tuesday night time.
Kawhi Leonard added 29 factors, 12 rebounds and 7 assists because the Clippers adopted an 18-point rout of the defending champion Lakers two days in the past with one other spectacular efficiency at each ends.
George shot 11 of 18, made six 3-pointers and hit all eight of his free throws. He completed three factors off his season excessive of 39. Reggie Jackson added 23 factors off the bench.
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Norman Powell scored 32 factors and CJ McCollum added 24 factors for the Blazers, who had their four-game highway successful streak snapped.
The Clippers harassed Damian Lillard into 2-of-14 capturing for 11 factors, properly underneath his team-leading 29.6 common. A annoyed Lillard earned a technical foul within the third. He had simply 4 factors within the second half.
“Simply making an attempt to maintain ball out of his palms and actually making an attempt to make all the pieces robust on him,” Jackson mentioned. “It was an amazing sport plan.”
The Clippers scored 47 factors within the first quarter, probably the most in that quarter in franchise historical past, whereas capturing 64%. George’s 22 factors had been probably the most by a Clipper within the first since Blake Griffin had the identical on March 10, 2014, in opposition to Phoenix.
Portland coach Terry Stotts known as his staff’s defensive effort within the first “embarrassing.”
“The primary quarter was actually unhealthy defensively,” Powell mentioned. “They didn’t really feel us. They received in a rhythm and had been capable of hit pictures. We have now to place collectively a full 48-minute effort on the defensive finish.”
George keyed a 24-6 run over the top of the primary and begin of the second that prolonged the Clippers’ result in 26 factors, their largest of the sport. He scored seven factors. Leonard, Nicolas Batum and Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers and new addition DeMarcus Cousins capped the spurt by scoring on his offensive rebound.
“We talked about attacking the paint,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue mentioned. “PG and Kawhi actually did that and set the tone early on.”
Trailing 62-36, the Blazers labored laborious at getting again within the sport. They outscored the Clippers 30-11 to shut inside seven at halftime. Powell scored 9, punctuated by a one-handed slam. McCollum added eight, and Robert Covington closed out the half with a 3-pointer that beat the shot clock.
The Clippers prolonged their result in 14 factors early within the third. Portland ran off 12 in a row, getting 3-pointers from Powell and Covington, to shut to 84-82. That is the closest the Blazers got here the remainder of the way in which.
Los Angeles closed with an 18-7 spurt to guide 101-89 going into the fourth. Leonard and Jackson scored eight apiece and Rajon Rondo added a basket.
Path Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic (proper knee irritation) sat out lower than two weeks after coming back from a proper calf pressure. He missed almost two months with a proper wrist fracture. Nurkic’s knee started bothering him Sunday after enjoying in back-to-back video games. “As of now, it is not severe,” Stotts mentioned. … The 47 factors had been their most allowed in any quarter this season.
Clippers: Their 47 factors had been the fourth-most in a single quarter in franchise historical past and probably the most scored in a single quarter since that they had 47 within the second on Jan. 5, 2020, in opposition to New York. … They allowed 11 offensive rebounds within the first half and simply three within the second half. … Patrick Beverley began in his return from being out three weeks due to proper knee soreness. He had eight factors.
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Cousins signed a 10-day contract. The 30-year-old middle appeared in 25 video games for Houston this season, averaging 9.6 factors, 7.6 rebounds, and a pair of.four assists.
“He undoubtedly provides toughness,” Lue mentioned. “The most important factor for him is seeing the place his situation is correct now. He hasn’t performed shortly.”
Cousins had seven factors, 4 rebounds and two assists in eight minutes.
Path Blazers: Go to Utah on Thursday to conclude the two-game journey.
Clippers: Host Phoenix on Thursday.