Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Monday, November 6th
Trail Blazers89Final
Clippers102
Game 2: Friday, December 15th
Clippers99Final
Trail Blazers109
Game 3: Saturday, March 31st
Clippers99Final
Trail Blazers86
Game 4: Friday, April 13th
Trail Blazers89Final
Clippers107

Clippers 99

(10-12, 1-8 away)

Trail Blazers 109

(11-14, 5-6 home)

7:00 PM ET, December 15, 2006

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
LAC 27 26 19 2799
POR 32 23 26 28109

Top Performers

Los Angeles: E. Brand 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Portland: Z. Randolph 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

Randolph, Blazers stop the revamped Clippers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Zach Randolph is learning to be more effective by sharing the ball more. It's paying off for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have won a season-high four in a row.

Randolph had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Trail Blazers over the Los Angeles Clippers 109-99 Friday night.

Randolph, the only player in the NBA averaging more than 25 points and 10 rebounds, excelled at moving the ball around and passing out of double-teams, adding an aspect to his game that he's lacked in the past.

"Guys are getting open looks and when they double-team me I've got to make them pay," Randolph said.

Travis Outlaw scored 15 points and Jarrett Jack had 14 for the Blazers.

Elton Brand had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. Shaun Livington added 16 points and 10 assists.

The Clippers lost despite the return of Corey Maggette (knee and foot) and Sam Cassell (left foot). Los Angeles shot 59 percent for the game but fell behind in the third quarter as Brand scored just four points after halftime.

"We shoot 59 percent from the floor and lose. That's says it all," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

Ime Udoka had 13 points for the Blazers and Juan Dixon scored 12.

Maggette, who had missed the past two games, had 18 points in a reserve role. Quinton Ross had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Clippers.

The Blazers, who shot 51 percent from the field, missed their season-high point total by one.

The Clippers shot 67.6 percent in the first half, but trailed 55-53 at the break.

Portland led 81-72 after Outlaw's layup beat the third quarter horn. Los Angeles was still within nine after a free throw by Tim Thomas, but Dixon responded by knocking down a 14-footer and Udoka hit a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 102-88.

Jack gave the Blazers the biggest lead of the game at 16 with a jumper with 3:45 to go.

"Travis Outlaw was really the difference tonight," Maggette said. "He scored 15 points in 18 minutes. That's huge for them. Juan Dixon hit some shots and really gave them a lift. We just didn't play defense tonight and we need to improve that."

Randolph, who had microfracture knee surgery in March 2005, is making the case for the All-Star team with the best season of his career.

Blazer coach Nate McMillan said the improvement has come as Randolph has fully bought into the system, playing better defense and trusting his teammates.

"He seems to be having fun out there and not trying to carry the team by himself," McMillan said.

Game notes


Doctors cleared Blazers rookie Brandon Roy (heel) to begin practicing Sunday. He is expected to play Wednesday. ... The Clippers are 1-8 on the road this season. ... Portland's win was its first in six games against Los Angeles. ... Cassell played 11 minutes and had six points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LAC
POR
Points 99 109
FGM-FGA 40-68 (.588) 40-78 (.513)
3PM-3PA 1-5 (.200) 9-15 (.600)
FTM-FTA 18-25 (.720) 20-25 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-31 7-32
Assists 25 25
Turnovers 13 6
Steals 2 5
Blocks 8 2
Fast Break Points 13 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 16

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Portland
Elton Brand Brand
Points: 23
Reb: 10
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Zach Randolph Randolph
Points: 26
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 0