Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Tuesday, January 13th
Trail Blazers96Final
Game 2: Wednesday, February 18th
Trail Blazers101
Game 3: Sunday, March 7th
Trail Blazers71Final
Game 4: Wednesday, March 24th
Trail Blazers91

Trail Blazers 71

(30-33, 11-21 away)

Clippers 91

(26-36, 18-14 home)

    6:30 PM ET, March 7, 2004

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 20 21 12 1871
    LAC 24 26 23 1891

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Miles 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast

    LAC: E. Brand 21 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Brand's 21 and 14 pace L.A.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Without Zach Randolph, the Portland Trail Blazers were no match for the Los Angeles Clippers, even after Quentin Richardson went down with an injury.

    Elton Brand had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Clippers overcame Richardson's sprained back midway through the third quarter and routed the Portland Trail Blazers 91-71 Sunday night to end a four-game losing streak.

    Corey Maggette had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Clippers, one night after eclipsing his previous career best in assists with seven.

    Darius Miles had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Derek Anderson scored 22 for Portland. The Blazers played their first game this season without Randolph, their leading scorer and rebounder, who received a one-game suspension Sunday from the NBA for taking a swing at Utah's Raja Bell during Saturday night's 91-70 victory.

    "When we found out that Zach wasn't playing, that really hurt us," Miles said. "We really missed his presence down in the paint. If we had Zach, it would probably be a different story. But they played a good game. You can't be mad at them for playing hard and beating us."

    The loss was Portland's fifth in six games following a 12-4 stretch, and dropped the Blazers' record to 30-33. The margin of defeat matched their biggest ever against the Clippers franchise, who beat them 120-100 on Jan. 12, 1973, when they were the Buffalo Braves.

    Portland is 10th in the Western Conference Standings, still 2{ games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot.

    "We knew they were hungry and that they were going to come out that way -- but we were hungrier," Brand said.

    Richardson left because of a sprained back with 6:57 left in the third quarter and the Clippers ahead 58-45. He grabbed an offensive rebound and attempted a layup that was rejected by Theo Ratliff. The force of the block sent Richardson crashing to the floor, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim fell on top of him.

    "As of right now he'll probably miss some games, but I don't know," Maggette said. "He already had back spasms in the game before against Memphis. Hopefully he'll be better."

    The Clippers broke the game open with a 9-0 run that extended their 13-point lead to 69-47 with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Keyon Dooling capped the rally with a 3-pointer and helped keep Portland at bay with another 3 and a 22-footer early in the fourth.

    "Keyon doesn't get a lot of playing time, but when he comes in, he tried to make an effort to play as hard as he can," Maggette said. "That's the good thing about him. He never gets down on himself. And when he goes out there, he makes his presence felt."

    Anderson did likewise, connecting on two 3-pointers and a 20-footer in a 2{ minute span to trim Portland's deficit to 78-65 with 7:48 to play. But they never got closer, as the Clippers responded with another 9-0 run.

    Rookie Chris Kaman helped Los Angeles build a 50-41 halftime lead with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Clippers outscored Portland 32-18 in the paint before intermission, including three layups during an 8-0 run that extended a three-point lead to 48-37 with 1:40 left in the second quarter.

    "We were being aggressive. We were going hard and we wanted to finish," Brand said. "We knew Theo Ratliff's a shot blocker, but we still wanted to take it to them."

    Anderson and Miles, both former Clippers, combined to score the Blazers' first 18 points and 25 of their first 27. Anderson drained four shots from 20 feet or longer during a 6:06 span of the first quarter, including the first of his four 3-pointers, and finished the half with 14 points.

    Game notes

    The Clippers are 14-11 against teams with losing records, 12-24 against everyone else. ... Randolph's suspension left Damon Stoudamire as the only player to appear in all 63 games for Portland. ... Kaman is the only Clipper to play in all 62 games. ... The Blazers entered the game averaging 19.5 fouls, the fewest in the league. They were called for 17 against the Clippers.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 91
    FGM-FGA 30-84 (.357) 36-75 (.480)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 7-12 (.583) 17-20 (.850)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-40 11-44
    Assists 16 27
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 24
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 21
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4