Clippers lose three point shootout in Portland, 119-114

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trailblazers exchanged three point shots all night but in the end it was the Blazers that came out on top, winning 119-114. 

There were a combined 64 three point shots taken in last night’s game, the Clippers taking 39 and hitting a very efficient 19 of them. However, the Blazers were on target from deep as well, hitting 17 of their 25 shots with guards CJ McCollum and Wes Matthews doing most of the damage. McCollum and Matthews shot a combined 11 for 15 from behind the arc and finishing with 19 and 22, respectively, to lead the team in scoring on the night.

Star point guard for the Blazers, Damian Lillard, sat out Sunday’s game due to a minor foot injury.

The Clippers were led in scoring by Jamal Crawford who came off the bench to score 23 points in 27 minutes.

Second year guard Reggie Bullock got the start at small forward over Matt Barnes and played modestly well in his 19 minutes of play, scoring 6 points, shot 2 for 3 from the 3 point line and grabbed 3 rebounds. Rivers is considering starting the younger and quicker Bullock for his defense but would have to show that he can continue to hit that outside shot as he did Sunday. Barnes came off the bench to play 26 minutes and score just 3 points on 1 for 7 from the field.

Chris Paul started and played 29 minutes, ending the night with 15 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Blake Griffin had an off night offensively, shooting 4 for 16 from the field and totaling just 9 points.

The Clippers get back on the court quickly, playing on Monday against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, UT.

 

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