Paul, Griffin Pushed Clippers Past Blazers: Game 1

LOS ANGELES, Sporting Alert – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both impressed to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a comfortable 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their playoff series on Sunday.

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Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers at his post game press conference for the NBA playoffs

LOS ANGELES, Sporting Alert – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both impressed to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a comfortable 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their playoff series on Sunday. Box Scores

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday night, again at STAPLES Center and the visitors will be hoping to do much better on both defense and offense.

Paul led the way for the Clippers with 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field while dishing out 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Blake, rounding back into game shape, got off to an impressive start and ended the contest with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles, which led by as many as 23 points during the game.

BLAKE WAS EXPLOSIVE

“He was explosive,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin’s Game 1 performance. “Blake got himself going through the flow of what we were doing.

“Today was the first day he had great timing.”

The forward added: “I felt really good. Our offense was really clicking.

“We were doing the things that we wanted to do and that helps when you’re getting easy shots. I got some right at the basket early, so that helps.”

DeAndre Jordan added 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and JJ Redick finished with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting for the LA Clippers, who have an 8-9 all-time record in Game 1 of playoff series.

LILLARD SHINES, BUT CJ SLOWED DOWN

Point guard Damian Lillard led Portland with 21 points and eight assists, while Gerald Henderson connected on a pair of 3-pointers and went 7-for-12 overall from the floor for 16 points for the Trail Blazers.

Forward Al-Farouq Aminu contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds, but CJ McCollum, who is averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game, was held to just nine points and made only three of his 11 field goal attempts.

Lillard and McCollum were the key contributors for Portland this season – averaging 45.9 points, which ranked third-highest by any duo in the league, but the Clippers were able to disrupt their rhythm.

“We just didn’t score the ball,” Lillard said. “Usually the things we get to with myself and CJ – ball screen actions, flairs and pin downs – they were pretty disruptive.

“It was tough to deal with.”

Jamal Crawford shot 50-percent from the floor and scored 13 points for the Clippers, who were 53.8 percent as a team from the field, while Austin Rivers ended with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

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