Clippers topple Trail Blazers 96-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 12:36 am •  Published: January 28, 2013
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Lamar Odom had eight points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

"We needed any kind of a win right now," Del Negro said. "We're trying to accumulate as many as we can, and then we'll count them up at the end of the year and see where we're at.

"We obviously executed a little bit better and got solid production from several guys. I liked our intensity in the second half, and we did a better job guarding the 3-pointers. But more so, our activity defensively was the difference in the game."

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was Portland's seventh loss in nine games.

"It's hard to beat the same team two times in a row, especially on back-to-back said," rookie Damian Lillard said. "They're a really good team. Last night I think we did a lot better job controlling their transition and not giving up as many easy plays."

Portland never led in the second half on Sunday, falling behind 74-59 after a driving layup by Bledsoe with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

Griffin didn't play after going to the bench with 10 seconds left in the third quarter and the Clippers leading 78-62. But they built the margin to as many as 19 points on a layup by reserve forward Ronny Turiaf with 6:23 remaining.

"We didn't take care of the ball and we had turnovers in the second half," Aldridge said. "I thought they had some easy breakouts that opened the game up. Griffin did a good job of finding guys and making good reads. But we didn't play as well as we did last night, and some of the guys were a little tired."

NOTES: The Blazers finished with 28 assists on their 29 field goals. ... Los Angeles outscored Portland 56-24 in the paint. ... The Clippers head out on a seven-game road trip. ... The Clippers shot 51.2 percent, and are 14-1 when shooting at least 50 percent. ... Los Angeles was leading 46-40 when Butler's fadeaway 3-pointer from in front of the Clippers' bench was disallowed because of an offensive foul called against him with 4:31 remaining in the second quarter. Butler picked up his third foul just 14 seconds later, but remained in the game until he was removed by Del Negro with 3:16 left in the half.