Rapid Reaction: Blazers hold on to defeat Clippers

Rapid Reaction: Blazers hold on to defeat Clippers
January 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
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The Los Angeles Clippers came back in dramatic fashion and almost came away with the win, but a key defensive stop by Nicolas Batum secured the 101-100 victory at the Rose Garden, boosting a two-game winning streak.

This is the Clippers (32-13) fourth consecutive loss.

Batum earned his second career triple-double going for 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. Damian Lillard provided 20 points and Wesley Matthews chipped in 18 points.

Blake Griffin had a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.

The Trail Blazers (22-21) held a 13-point lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter until the Clippers made their run and eventually took a 90-89 lead with 5:56 remaining in the fourth off a Matt Barnes put-back lay-in.

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