Ebene News – United States – Trail Blazers vs Clippers – Game Recap – December 30, 2020 – ESPN

LOS ANGELES – – Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points on his return from a two-game absence, Paul George added 23 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Portland Trail Blazers 128-105 on Wednesday evening

It was the Clippers’ second straight win to close out the year They beat Minnesota by 23 points a night earlier after bouncing back from an ugly 51-point loss to Dallas last weekend

Leonard wore a clear plastic mask held in place by two white straps around his head to protect his mouth, where he had had eight stitches after being propped up by his teammate Serge Ibaka a week ago. started slowly, scoring 12 points in the first half, when the Clippers shot 58% from the ground

Leonard and George came out shooting to start the second half They combined to score the Clippers’ first nine points, taking their lead to 85-57

George had 10 rebounds, while he and Leonard had seven assists each Six Clippers scored in double digits Lou Williams added 15 points off the bench

“Guys are playing hard, we’re locked in” Williams said “We know we have a lot of capable guys, we play with confidence”

CJ McCollum scored 25 points, or seven 3-pointers, to lead the Blazers, whose two-game winning streak ended Damian Lillard made 14 of 15 free throws to finish with 20 points after missing 11 of 14 shots from the field He was 0 of 8 on a 3-point range

“They just lost 50 points so they got locked up,” Lillard said of the Clippers “We missed some open shots, we made them look clean because we were late and not as active on the defensive side “

The Blazers have only led three times and never more than three points They lived on the line, making 29 of 34 free throws Carmelo Anthony made 9 of 10 fouls and scored 15 points

Portland never had a big run in the second half, being trailed by 30

“When you go down in the league it’s hard to come back, especially against talented teams,” said McCollum

The Clippers led by 21 in the second quarter Leonard scored six runs in an 18-7 inning, capped by his three-point game which brought the score to 67-46 Lillard and McCollum combined to score the last 15 Blazers points to bring them down to 76-57 at halftime

Track tracks: G Gary Trent Jr sat down with a strain in his right calf after scoring 28 points off the bench against the Lakers on Sunday The Blazers have been in town since the weekend and have used the Clippers ‘facilities to s’ train Tuesday With tight restrictions in COVID-19 ravaged Los Angeles County, the team cannot meet or eat in groups at their hotel “I like to go for a walk,” coach Terry Stotts said. I like to leave the hotel “

Clippers: They’ve provided at least 30 assists in the last two games for the first time since December 1-6, 2014 The squad is 4-1 to start the season for the first time since 2017-18 F Marcus Morris Sr has yet to play this season due to knee pain

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Ebene News – USA – Trail Blazers vs Clippers – Game Recap – December 30, 2020 – ESPN

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