Portland Overcomes Slow Start To Blow Out Clippers In L.A.

LOS ANGELES — After starting Sunday’s afternoon matinee in Los Angeles by missing just about everything, the Trail Blazers went on to shoot better than 50 percent from the field to blowout the Clippers 134-106 in front of a crowd of 13,276 at Staples Center.

The Trail Blazers are now 2-1 in preseason play.

Portland was led by Damian Lillard, who went 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-0 from three and 13-of-13 for 35 points, three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Maurice Harkless went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field for 16 points to go with four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.

CJ McCollum got hot in the second half to finish with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from three. Jusuf Nurkić added 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in 24 minutes.

Rookie Caleb Swanigan started his first game, albeit preseason, for the Blazers, finishing with five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes. His fellow rookie Zach Collins had a strong fourth quarter to finish with 12 points and two rebounds in 20 minuets.

The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin and Milos Teodosic, who both finished with 15 points.

Next up, the Trail Blazers head to Sacramento to face the Kings in the second night of a preseason back-to-back. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm on NBC Sports Northwest and 620 AM.

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