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Clippers build big lead, beat Blazers 103-90

  • Article by: ANNE M. PETERSON
  • Associated Press
  • November 9, 2012 - 12:30 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. - Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 103-90 victory on Thursday night.

De'Andre Jordan and Chris Paul had 21 points apiece for the Clippers, who led by 25 in the first half. Los Angeles improved to 4-2 in its first game away from Staples Center.

Nicolas Batum had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who mounted a second-half challenge but ultimately couldn't catch up.

Portland closed to 86-82 on Meyers Leonard's alley-oop dunk from Batum in the fourth quarter, but the rally fizzled and Paul sent fans streaming for the doors when his jumper with 2:51 left extended the lead to 98-85.

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