LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — J.J. Redick scored 30 points on 11 for 13 shooting and Chris Paul collected another double-double in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 106-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Redick has been struggling to get going in games, but he never stopped believing in himself.
“I’m a positive person and my glass is always half-full,” he told reporters after the game. “I knew I would start making some shots.
“I never got too discouraged, but frustrated for sure.”
Paul grabbed 22 points and 11 assists and Blake Griffin added 23 points and six rebounds in the win for the home side, which improved to 3-1 at STAPLES Center.
Clippers (4-2) head coach Doc Rivers handed Jamal Crawford a starting place on the day over Matt Barnes, and the shooting guard hit 3 for 5 from three-point range and finished with 20 points in the contest.
Damian Lillard paced the Trail Blazers (3-3) with 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge supported well with 21 points and 10 boards in the defeat.
“They came out in the second half with a lot more energy and were more active and picked it up and played at a different level,” Lillard said.
“Redick was the difference. We should have defended him tighter but he made it tough on us when he started making shots.”
Robin Lopez scored 19 points and seven rebounds and Wesley Mattews added 14 points for Portland
Both teams ended the third quarter locked at 79-79, but the Clippers opened up an eight-point gap to take a 96-88 lead with 5:33 left on the clock.
Portland made a 7-0 run and trimmed the lead to 100-102 with 1:09 to go in the game, but Paul and Crawford each knocked down free throws to earn the victory.
DeAndre Jordan pulled down 14 rebounds and picked up five steals for the Clippers, which scored 53 points in each half, while Nicolas Batum finished with 10 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Trail Blazers.
Meanwhile, in the clash of the unbeaten teams, Stephen Curry scored 34 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals and Andre Iguodala added 15 points off the bench and the Golden State Warriors topped the Houston Rockets 98-87.
The win now means that Golden State (5-0) under the guidance of rookie coach Steve Kerr, is now the only team left in the league undefeated.
James Harden paced the Houston (6-1) with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Isaiah Canaan added 21 points in the defeat for the Rockets, which played without star center Dwight Howard, who missed out with flu-like symptoms and power forward Terrence Jones, who is suffering from a bruised right leg injury.
Memphis Grizzlies (6-1), which was the other unbeaten side heading into Saturday’s fixtures, were edged 93-92 by Milwaukee Bucks (3-4).
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 18 points off the bench, Brandon Knight finished with 14 points and six assists and Jabari Parker had 13 points in the win for the Bucks.
Zach Randolph had a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 18 points in the defeat for Memphis.
Elsewhere, Washington 97, stops Indiana 90, Atlanta had a 103-96 win over New York, Miami earned a 102-92 positive result over Minnesota, while New Orleans secured a tight 100-99 victory against defending champions San Antonio.
NBA SCORES AND RESULTS – ON NOV. 8
Golden State Warriors 98 (5-0) – Houston Rockets 87 (6-1)
Milwaukee Bucks 93 (3-4) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (6-1)
Washington Wizards 97 (5-2) – Indiana Pacers 90 (1-6)
Boston Celtics 106 (3-3) – Chicago Bulls 101 (5-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 106 (4-2) – Portland Trail Blazers 102 (3-3)
Miami Heat 102 (4-2) – Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (2-4)
Atlanta Hawks 103 (2-3) – New York Knicks 96 (2-5)
New Orleans Pelicans 100 (3-2) – San Antonio Spurs 99 (2-3)