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The Portland Trail Blazers extend their winning streak to 10

Blazers Win Streak

Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are on a very impressive start this season. On Saturday night they recorded their 10th straight victory, beating the Golden State Warriors 113 to 101 on the road. The Blazers now have a 12-2 record into the season and they lie on the second seed in the West.

Golden State played without Andre Iguodala, who was out due to a hamstring injury. However, their superstar point guard Stephen Curry was back in the lineup. Curry returned to action sitting out of the last two games due to a mild concussion. He scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists, but couldn’t lift his team over the surging Blazers. Curry wasn’t as accurate from the floor as he usually is. He went 8-of-21 from the floor but he also turned the ball over a couple of times in the final quarter.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring. He had 30 points shooting 10-of-13 from the floor, including two threes. With a little more than five minutes left in the game, he picked up his sixth foul on his effort to play with his back against Damian Lillard and headed to the locker rooms. David Lee added 15 points and 12 boards for Golden State, shooting 7-for-12 from the floor. Harrison Barnes replaced Iguodala in the starting lineup and finished with 13 points, four rebounds and five assists.

In the third quarter, Joel Freeland and Andrew Bogut got tangled up as they were trying to take position for an offensive rebound. Moments later a bunch of players from both teams entered the fight, with Mo Williams being one of the main protagonists. A few pushes and shoves later, things cooled off and the referees started video-reviewing the incident. Six players received technical fouls called and three were ejected from the game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Joel Freeland and Andrew Bogut got T-ed. Mo Williams, Wesley Matthews and Draymond Green were sent to the locker rooms. Matthews had received a technical foul moments earlier.

The intensity of the game was increased after the incident, with the Blazers taking advantage of the situation. They outscored the Warriors 32 to 17 in the last quarter to seal the victory.
LaMarcus Aldridge led his team with 30 points and also 21 rebounds, six of which were offensive. Aldridge shot 7-of-21 from the floor and he also found the target on 16 free-throws in 19 attempts. Matthews chipped in 23 points on an impressive 8-for-9 shooting from the floor before exiting the game. He also sank five three-pointers in six tries. Damian Lillard contributed with 20 points and also nine dimes. Nicolas Batum was also solid for Portland, scoring 14 points, dishing out four assists and grabbing three boards.

The Portland Trail Blazers play their next game at home against the New York Knicks, Wednesday night. The Golden State Warriors play their next game on the road on Tuesday, at New Orleans versus the Pelicans.

By:Chris Michaels

Down by 19 the Clippers come back to win their 16th game in a row

Los Angeles Clippers

The hottest team in the NBA this season, the Los Angeles Clippers, almost had their 15-game winning streak broken by the Utah Jazz, but Chris Paul made sure that would not happen. He scored the last 7 points for his team, including some clutch free throws. In addition, the great defense from Matt Barnes down to the final seconds forced a tough shot from Randy Foye that could have won the game for the Jazz, but didn’t connect thus giving the Clips the win over the Jazz by two points, 116-114.

Foye, with 28 points on 5/9 shooting from 3-point range, was determined to break the streak of his former team. He led his team in scoring and had a great shooting game, going 8-13 from the field. Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward also had a good performance 22 and 17 points respectively for the Jazz. Despite scoring 114 points in the game and shooting a tremendous 60% from beyond the arc, the Jazz couldn’t capitalize in the end. The lead for the most part of the game and in fact had a burst 2nd quarter scoring 36 points and in the meantime holding their opponents to 19.

The Clippers were up by just 1 with 23” to go in the game and that was when Chris Paul took over. He scored a free-throw line jumper after a signature crossover dribble to allowed him to get open. At the next possession he got fouled and made 1 of two from the charity stripe to put his team up by two, 114-112. However, Blake Griffin fouled Al Jefferson while trying to rebound the ball and Big Al made both free throws that tied the game. Paul then got fouled and this time he didn’t miss from the free throw line, putting his team up by two, 116-114. That ended to be the final score of the game, after Foye’s desperate three pointer that didn’t go. He was defended with mastery by Matt Barnes, who continues to deliver great performances for his team. This time he stayed low on scoring, just 6 points, but his great defense on the last possession was the determining factor for the outcome of the game.

Paul led all scorers with 29 points to go along with 6 assists. Griffin finished with 22 and grabbed 13 rebounds. All starters for the Clippers finished in double figures. “We just got stops, defensively. They were hitting shots, we got stops and then we started hitting shots. Everything is going to balance out. Some nights you are not going to have it all four quarters. You might have it one or two and you have to make the most out of it and that is what we did.” ,said star forward Blake Griffin.
The Jazz and the Clippers face each other again on Sunday night, at their last game for the year at the Staples Center.

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Great Week for the Los Angeles Clippers

Things keep going better and better each week for the Los Angeles Clippers. After breaking the all time franchise winning streak record with their 12th coming on Friday against the Sacramento Kings, the Clippers are ready to move even further. The team plays in an enjoyable but also effective way and keeps fans wanting more. With 3 wins this past week, one on the road at Detroit against the Pistons and two at the Staples Center facing the Hornets and the Kings, the Clippers now lie on the second seed in the conference with a 20-6 record. They are just one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lead the entire NBA record wise. The time that the franchise will rejoice watching its team constantly winning games has eventually arrived. It’s been a long wait for the fans and the team’s staff but the satisfaction maybe double, because not only the team is doing well but also the city rivals, Lakers, are in one of their toughest seasons of the last years.

“Most of those guys have been here through tougher times,” said Chris Paul and added ” So it’s been exciting for me in the short amount of time I’ve been here, especially knowing some of the people who have been with the team for 25 or 30 years and the season-ticket holders. But we can’t be satisfied. We’ve got to keep it going.” The previous record was held back during the 1974-75 when current Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was 8 years old.

Blake Griffin is improving his numbers game by game, averaging a something more than 28 PPG and almost 9 Rebounds. The fellow star, Chris Paul is also providing a huge help distributing more than 9 assists per game while scoring 16 PPG. Matt Barnes proved to be a pleasant surprise for the Clippers and has given his teams really valuable minutes off the bench especially the past week.

The fact is that the schedule included several games against weak opponents the past two weeks, but that doesn’t deduct any of value from the team’s success. The goal for the Clips now is set high and they may actually find themselves fighting to clinch the first seed before the New Year comes. Head Coach Vinny Del Negro stated after the last game

“I think the guys are learning and understanding what it takes to play at a high level consistently. It’s a good thing to have a target on your back, but that also brings a responsibility to play at a high level as often as possible.”

The Clippers will finish the year with 2 games on the road and 3 at home. On Sunday night they play at Phoenix and then play two in a row at the Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets the Celtics respectively. The last two games are against the Utah Jazz, first one on Friday on the road and the on Sunday 30th at home.

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