The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-95, in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Sunday at the Staples Center.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and 11 assists and a double-double performance contributed by Blake Griffin with 19 points and 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Clippers had 6-0 winning streak since Blake Griffin returned after missing 45 games due to injury and suspension.
Blake Griffin displayed an unstoppable performance especially when he posterized Blazers Mason Plumlee resulting for the Clippers fans to pull in their feet and rejoiced as they witnessed the ‘real Griffin’ playing at the court.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Blazers coach Terry Stotts also gave praised about Griffins performance.
“Tonight, he was explosive,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers via Yahoo Sports. “I think the time off, the practices, the fact that now he has been back for awhile, I think that all came through tonight.”
Said Blazers coach Terry Stotts: “I thought it was the best he’s played since he’s come back from injury.”
Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 21 points and additional nine points came from CJ McCollum combining an average of 45.9 points this season. Lillard and McCollum’s scoring performance was the third-highest by any duo in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers dominated early in the first half but failed to keep up as they allowed the Clippers to established a 10-2 run in the end of the second quarter. The Clippers scored 65 points in the second half ending the game with a 20-point lead against the Trail Blazers.
Despite the victory, Doc Rivers admitted that it was a tough win for his team and they were expecting a more competitive Portland Trail Blazers in the succeeding games.
Here are some of the highlights in the Game 1 of the playoffs series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers:
Game 2 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers will be on Thursday at Staples Center.
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