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

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.