LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Kennard scored 23 factors, tying his profession excessive with six 3-pointers, and Los Angeles ran…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Kennard scored 23 factors, tying his profession excessive with six 3-pointers, and Los Angeles ran away early to beat the Portland Path Blazers 116-86 for the Clippers’ first win of the season on Monday night time.
Reggie Jackson added 18 factors and Paul George had 16 factors to assist the Clippers keep away from their first 0-3 begin since 2010-11, when coach Vinny Del Negro was in his first season.
CJ McCollum scored 20 factors for the Blazers of their first street recreation of the season. Damian Lillard was held to 12 factors on 4 of 15 capturing. Portland shot 36% from the ground and had 15 assists, each lows within the younger season. The Clippers’ protection by no means let the Blazers get an prolonged run entering into and compelled 30 turnovers.
After shedding their first two video games by a mixed eight factors, the Clippers obtained the rout going early. They led by 14 after every of the primary two quarters, capturing 49% from the ground within the half. Kennard had 17 factors off the bench by halftime, hitting 4 3-pointers and connecting on his career-tying sixth 3 to open the fourth.
The Blazers’ solely lead got here on Nassir Little’s 3-pointer to start out the sport. Lillard had simply eight factors within the first half, when Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic had been held scoreless and mixed for 9 rebounds.
The Clippers prolonged their result in 30 factors going into the fourth, permitting their starters to relaxation. The second unit simply maintained the momentum in opposition to Portland’s reserves in what amounted to a scrimmage that despatched the followers to the exits in droves. Terance Mann hit a 3-pointer to push the Clippers into triple digits — 100-65 — and completed with 13 factors.
Zubac and Jackson mixed for 13 factors as LA outscored the Blazers 27-10 to open the third. Kennard sank his fifth 3-pointer within the spurt.
TWO TO TANGLE
Ivica Zubac scored down low and obtained poked within the eye by Cody Zeller within the second quarter. The Clippers acquired a delay of recreation warning when Zubac was sluggish to stand up, however he stayed within the recreation. A couple of minute later, Zeller obtained hit on his chin on the Blazers’ finish when he and Zubac tangled going for the ball. Zeller held a towel to his mouth as he left the court docket. He returned within the fourth. He’s already carrying a plastic masks to guard a damaged nostril suffered within the preseason.
Path Blazers: F Norman Powell (left patellar tendinopathy) and G-F Tony Snell (proper foot sprain) sat out. … Little changed Powell within the beginning lineup. Little made two begins whereas taking part in in 48 video games final season. … Portland performs the Clippers thrice of their first 11 video games. … Chauncey Billups was applauded when he was welcomed again earlier than the sport. He performed for the crew from 2011-13, and was a Clippers assistant final season earlier than being employed to run the Blazers in June.
Clippers: Los Angeles was outrebounded 47-43. … They’ve received seven in a row general and 5 straight at dwelling in opposition to the Blazers.
Path Blazers: Host Memphis on Wednesday.
Clippers: Host Cleveland on Wednesday.
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