Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/9

Game 1: Friday, October 9th
Trail Blazers85Final

Trail Blazers 85

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Clippers 97

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    10:30 PM ET, October 9, 2009

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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    POR 21 24 20 2085
    LAC 30 23 19 2597

    Clippers 97, Trail Blazers 85

    Associated Press

    EDS: Clippers 97, Trail Blazers 85; UPDATES with details.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Rasual Butler scored 14 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their first preseason victory, 97-85 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

    After Portland took a 5-4 lead, the Clippers never trailed again.

    Al Thornton, Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon all had 12 points for the Clippers (1-1), while Sebastian Telfair had 10 assists.

    LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers (2-1) with 13 points while former Clippers' point guard Andre Miller added 11.

    Aldridge scored six straight points in Portland's 10-0 run that cut the Clippers' lead to 59-55 in the third quarter. But the Clippers answered with an 8-2 spurt capped by Gordon's layup.

    Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, played in his first exhibition game after sitting out with a bruised left knee. Griffin received a standing ovation when he entered the game with 1:45 left in the first quarter. He finished with eight points and five rebounds. He scored his first six points on fast-break dunks.

    Portland's Ime Udoka made a 3-pointer and Jerryd Bayless followed with a driving layup that trimmed the Clippers' lead to 53-45 at halftime.

    The Clippers led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter and had 18 assists and 11 steals at halftime.

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