Clippers earn first Vegas win
LAS VEGAS -- The Los Angeles Clippers held off a late Portland run in the fourth quarter to earn their first victory of the 2010 NBA Summer League 72-71 over the Portland Trail Blazers in the final game of the night in COX Pavilion on the campus of University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Four Clippers' scored in double-digits, Marqus Blakely leading the way with 14, Al-Farouq Aminu with 13, DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds and Terry Johnson with 11. Five players scored in double-digits for the Blazers, Dante Cunningham leading the way with 17.
The Clippers fired on all cylinders in the first quarter jumping out to an early 10-0 lead. The Blazers fought back going on a 9-0 run of their own sparked by Patrick Mills' three-point basket coming at the seven minute mark. The Blazers tied up the game at 13 with 2:41 left in the quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter the Clippers taking the 19-17 first quarter lead.
After being held scoreless in the first two minutes of the second quarter, the Clippers went on a 26-6 run to close the quarter taking a 43-29 lead at the half. The Clippers second quarter effort was led by Aminu with 10 points in the quarter while Willie Warren assisted off the bench with six points.
The Clippers built their lead to 20 in the third, prompting the Blazers to take a time-out at the 7:09 mark in quarter. Following the timeout the Blazers finished the quarter outscoring the Blazers 17-7 on the backs of Dante Cunningham who tallied six points in the quarter and Luke Babbitt who chipped in five. The Clippers finished the quarter up seven, 59-52.
The Blazers mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter outscoring the Clippers 15-3 and earning a two-point lead at the 4:12 mark in the quarter, Portland's first lead since early in the second quarter when they led 23-22. Portland had a chance to win in the final seconds of the game however the buzzer sounded before the ball would go through the hoop.
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