Match report: Portland Trailblazers 101-107 Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers were saved by Lou Williams and Kawhi Leonard in the fourth, as Doc Rivers joins exclusive company after his 900th win. 

The win against Portland Trailblazers gave the Clippers head coach his 900th win, becoming the 13th head coach in NBA history to reach this impressive figure.   

Clippers were down 8 points early in the fourth quarter, but thanks to Leonard and Williams heroics, ensured a Clippers comeback. Williams got the go-ahead pull-up jumper with only 58 seconds left on the clock and made a dagger three-pointer for his 26 of the night and put the game on ice. Kawhi Leonard had 18 of his 27points in the fourth quarter and also had 13 rebounds and 6 turnovers.  

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had 22 points each but went scoreless the entire fourth quarter. Something unusual considering Lillard’s ability and history of scoring in clutch situations. Lillard missed four-shot and also missed all of his three attempts from the 3-point line in the fourth. McCollum also missed all of his four attempts in the last quarter. Trailblazers had to look at Hassan Whiteside to provide the scoring that was lacking. Whiteside ended the game 17 points and 19 rebounds.  

This defeat is Trailblazer’s third consecutive defeat in row and will look to bounce back at home with games against the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks. Clippers will remain at Staples Center, as Kawhi Leonard will go up against his former team the Toronto Raptors, where he was a big piece in their historic NBA championship title last season.  

Sub-edited by Brandon Spalding 

This image of Doc Rivers by Keith Allison complies with the Creative Commons License.

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