The Los Angeles Clippers traveled north Thursday night to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in their first game away from Staples Center of the 2012-13 season. The road was kind to them as they came out on top in a 103-90 victory.
Both teams came out hot, as we saw buckets being traded back and forth early in the game. Unfortunately for Portland, Los Angeles was the first team to establish momentum and they took a 29-22 lead into the second quarter.
At one point, the Clippers were on a 22-2 run in the first half, and the Blazers even resorted to the Hack-A-Shaq strategy on DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin to slow L.A.’s momentum. But that only works when you can return the favor and score on your end of the floor.
Late in the third quarter, the Blazers began a comeback that saw them shrink a 25-point deficit down to just 10 points. The team scored 32 points in the period, which made it just a six-point game heading into the final quarter.
The fourth period was exciting enough to keep fans in the building, but the Blazers seemingly spent too much energy in their comeback and were unable to dominate late like they did earlier in the second half.
The Clippers have been guilty this season of playing both up and down to the level of their competition, but this time around they took care of business, and they’ve improved their record to 4-2 on the season.