Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/18

Game 1: Tuesday, October 18th
Clippers99Final
Trail Blazers85

Clippers 99

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Trail Blazers 85

(1-2, 1-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 18, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 32 13 26 2899
    POR 19 19 16 3185

    Maggette, Cassell help L.A. clip Blazers 99-85

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Sam Cassell scored 18 points and Corey Maggette added 15 as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Portland Trail Blazers 99-85 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.

    The Clippers (3-1) never trailed in the game, and led by as many as 27 points. The Blazers (1-2) shot only 33 percent from the field.

    "We couldn't run offense," Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We weren't making screens, we weren't making hard cuts to the basket.

    "On defense, our positioning was terrible. Some of these young guys have never been asked to play the kind of defense it takes to win in the NBA."

    Cassell set the tone by hitting two jumpers in the first 40 seconds of the game. He finished the first quarter with 12 points as the Clippers jumped to a 32-19 lead. Maggette added nine points in that quarter.

    Despite their poor shooting, the Blazers narrowed the deficit to 40-38 late in the second quarter, after five straight points by Darius Miles and a lay-up by Sergei Monia. But Rodney White finished the first half with a 3-pointer and a jumper at the buzzer to push the Clippers lead to 45-38 at halftime.

    Los Angeles then blew the game open with a 13-2 run that made the score 64-48 with three minutes left in the third quarter. That lead grew to 88-61 when Quinton Ross hit a jumper midway through the final period.

    The Clippers also got 13 points from reserve forward Chris Wilcox, who made six of seven shots. As a team, the Clippers hit 53 percent of their attempts.

    "It may have been hard to watch for some," McMillan said. "But this is where patience comes into play -- both from the players and the fans."

    The Blazers, who have hit only 36 percent of their shots in the preseason, were led by Miles with 15 points. Travis Outlaw came off the bench to score 14.

    Zach Randolph, who was ejected from practice Monday after saying something McMillan didn't like, had six points on 2-of-11 shooting.

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