The Los Angeles Clippers (5-6) went into the Moda Center on Thursday night and fell short 116-105.
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Rookie Gilgeous-Alexander who got his second straight start in place of Avery Bradley (left ankle sprain) had his best game as rookie scoring 19 points. Going up against Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum he played well and like a guy who the Clippers moved up in last year's draft to take at No. 11. Tobias Harris who leads this team in scoring (20.7 ppg) finished with another double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each had the team-high with 20 points. Gallinari made five of his eight three point attempts. Montrezl Harrell continues to be someone Coach Doc Rivers can rely on to bring consistent energy and effort finished with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers were a -12 on the glass (53-41). The most alarming stat from Thursday night might be the fact they had more personal fouls (22) than assist (19). The Clippers had their chances towards the end of the game when they closed to within 107-101, but Los Angeles could not get any closer.
Rivers said in a post game interview about the final minutes: "I thought down the stretch the last eight minutes of the game our offense really let us down."
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The Portland Trailblazers (9-3) led by their backcourt were feeding off the energy inside the Moda Center. The fans in Portland has a reason to be excited. They have won six of thier last seven and they believe they have one of the top backcourts in the association. Led by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
That was a grind-it-out kind of game. I thought our team did a good job just being present for the entire game. Our bench once again came through, with the spark down the stretch," Lillard said. "End of the third, beginning of the fourth they had a really good stretch, opened it up a bit and left it there for us to close it out."
Lillard finished with a game-high 25 points (11-25 fg). His backcourt mate CJ McCollum had 23 points of his own.
Jusuf Nurkic was a rebound away from a double-double with 16 points and 9 rebounds. They'll welcome a tough Boston Celtics team coming off an emotional overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers travel back to Los Angeles to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Saturday @ 12:30 PT.