The Clippers edged the Trail Blazers 121-120 Monday night at STAPLES Center, sweeping the season series with Portland for the first time since 2005-2006 and for the 2nd time ever. It was a game that took forever to end, and it marked the most points allowed in a Clippers regulation win since the Clippers won in Portland on April 1, 2015 (126-122).
The final 18.1 seconds of game time in Blazers/Clippers last night took 24 min 17 seconds. Unbelievable
— Kevin Troilo (@kevin_troilo) December 13, 2016
Top Performer: Clippers SG J.J. Redick wasn’t the leading scorer, and he only made 1-of-4 threes, but he found a way to get to 19 points. The fact that he made all 8 of his FTAs in the 4th quarter was huge – especially considering the fact that this was a one-point final margin.
X-Factor: The free throw line. It wasn’t just Redick knocking down the clutch FTs. The entire Clippers team made 26-of-28 FTs, with the only misses coming from PF Blake Griffin (2-of-3) and C DeAndre Jordan (3-of-4). The 92.9 percent from the line was the best by a Clippers team with at least 28 attempts since 2003, and it saved them on a night where they made only 8-of-23 FGs (34.8 percent) from the field in the 4th quarter.
Major Moment: Probably this nonsense:
Blazers' Evan Turner & Clippers' DeAndre Jordan confrontation — bumping, finger-pointing, hand-slapping… pic.twitter.com/luS2Lv1ccP
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 13, 2016
Key Lineup: With the starting lineup struggling to defend (-4.8 net rating, 123.0 defensive rating in 20 minutes) and an all-bench lineup without Austin Rivers (concussion) struggling to do anything (-24.0 net rating in 6 minutes), the Clippers were fortunate to have Raymond Felton fill in for SF Luc Mbah a Moute with the starters for 5 minutes. The Paul-Redick-Felton-Griffin-Jordan lineup compiled a net rating of 60.5 while outscoring Portland 15-8.
The Definition: The Clippers even up their home stretch while seemingly getting over the team that upset them in last year’s playoffs. But it’s a concern that the Blazers went from 80 points to 120 points in just over a month against the Clippers.