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Instant Analysis: L.A. Clippers dominate in win over Trail Blazers

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It was all L.A. all night. 

And it was yet another blowout game in the NBA. 

The Clippers started off the game hitting 7-of-8 from three to help them take a quick 28-16 lead over the Trail Blazers.

L.A. quickly got scoring contributions from several players as they shared the wealth, while the Blazers struggled to get points on the board.

The Clippers showed their two-way skills and why they have been one of the best defensive teams in the league with a lot of their attention placed on Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. After shots weren't falling early for Lillard, he found success at the rim. L.A. forced Portland to commit nine turnovers in the first half.   

While the Clippers were scoring in bunches, Lillard had a rough shooting night, especially from deep (0-for-8).

After the Clippers took a 37-26 lead at the end of the first quarter, Paul George terrorized the Blazers from the inside, outside, and in transition to help the Clippers earn their fourth win of the season with a 128-105 blowout victory over the Blazers.

 

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L.A.’s ball movement was on point as well. The Clippers notched 20 assists in the first half as the Clippers took a 76-57 halftime lead.

L.A. dominated in the second half on both ends. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts went deep into his bench with eight minutes remaining and the Clippers leading, 117-89. 

FINAL BOX SCORE: Clippers 128, Trail Blazers 105

The Good: 

CJ McCollum was active and aggressive all night. Whether he was knocking down threes or getting deflections at the other end, McCollum was dialed in from the jump. He and Jusuf Nurkic also had a nice two-man game going. McCollum led the Blazers in scoring with 25 points. He had another efficient shooting night from three, making 7-of-11.

Robert Covington, who had struggled from three to start the season, hit his first two three-point attempts.

After missing Mondays game due to Health and Safety Protocols, Carmelo Anthony made his presence felt early in this one. Melo hit his first three shots and wasn't forcing anything on that end.   

The Bad: 

The Blazers werent able to come up with stops as L.A. continued to go on runs from start to finish. The Clippers shot 65 percent from three (14-of-21) through the first two quarters. 

Portland gave up 76 points in the first half, which is the most points that L.A. has scored in a half so far in this young season.

 

The Blazerssecond unit couldve used Gary Trent Jr.s scoring, defense, and energy Wednesday night. Trent Jr. was inactive while dealing with a right calf strain.

He was initially listed as questionable for Wednesday’s contest.

But again, the Blazers really couldve used the 21-year-old wings energy to spark runs of their own.  

The Highlight: 

Midway through the second quarter, Robert Covington showed why he is a certified 3 and D player.

The Stat: 

The Clippers were scoring at will all night. L.A. finished the game shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from behind the arc.

The Quote:

The Blazers announced Wednesday morning that Zach Collins underwent revision surgery Wednesday to repair a left medial malleolus stress fracture. He is out indefinitely and his status will be updated accordingly.

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Coach Stotts talked about how disappointing it was when he first heard about Collins’ setback.

I just really feel bad for Zach. He’s such a good young man. I like him as a person. He’s had [a rough] 14 months… And who knows what he has in front of him. I feel bad for him. I know he’ll work hard to come back, just like he did from his shoulder, just like he did from his foot.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

Coach Stotts also added that he does not have an update on Collins’ timeline.

 

Next up: The Blazers will finish up their four-game road trip in San Francisco with two games against the Warriors on Friday and Sunday. First up, Portland and Golden State will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. PST on NBCSNW on New Years Day.