PORTLAND, Ore — In a game that had a combined 59 personal fouls, two flagrant fouls, and two technical fouls, it was the LA Clippers coming out on top in the Moda Center. The Clippers defeated the Trail Blazers 114-106, despite the lowest assist rate in Doc Rivers’ 4-year tenure (including postseason), shooting only 40.7 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from three, and having every starter measure with a negative +/- (with Blake Griffin at a team-worst -10).
Instead, the spotlight goes on a bench that scored 45 points, a frontcourt that saw Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combine for 25 rebounds, and a Clippers team that outscored Portland by 8 points at the FT line.
Portland PG Damian Lillard had 10 points in the 1st quarter, but he shot only 7/18 from the field in the final 3 quarters.
To further illustrate the great bench play, consider that the Clippers starters (Paul, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Griffin, Jordan) spent a team-high 16 minutes on the floor together and were outscored 36-29 in that time. But the all-bench lineup of Raymond Felton, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, and Marreese Speights spent 11 minutes on the floor together and outscored Portland 30-11 in that time.