Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Wednesday, December 30th
Trail Blazers103
Game 2: Monday, January 4th
Trail Blazers95Final
Game 3: Tuesday, February 16th
Trail Blazers109
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th
Trail Blazers93Final

Trail Blazers 95

(22-14, 9-9 away)

Clippers 105

(15-18, 10-8 home)

    Coverage: FSW2

    10:30 PM ET, January 4, 2010

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 24 29 2195
    LAC 20 25 33 27105

    Top Performers

    Por: A. Miller 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 16 Ast, 3 Stl

    LAC: M. Camby 9 Pts, 15 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Clippers get clear of Blazers in fourth as Kaman, Camby shine

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers opened the new year the same way they ended the old one -- with a victory.

    Chris Kaman scored 20 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and Los Angeles pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Monday night in the teams' second matchup in five days.

    Fast Facts

    • Marcus Camby grabbed 15 rebounds for the Clippers. It was his 10th game this season with 15-plus, second only to Dwight Howard's 13.

    • Brandon Roy's streak of scoring 20-plus points ended at 15 games.

    • The Clippers snapped their four-game losing streak to the Trail Blazers.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "We did a nice job of getting the ball into Kaman and letting him anchor us," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

    The Clippers have won two straight for just the fifth time this season. They will have a chance to equal their best streak of three in a row Wednesday against the defending NBA champion Lakers.

    "We had a slow start in the first half and took care of the ball better in the second half," Kaman said. "We had a good team game overall, were able to get stops and execute."

    Martell Webster scored a season-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, Andre Miller had 22 points and 16 assists and Juwan Howard added 16 points for the Blazers, who won 103-99 last week in Portland. Brandon Roy was held to six points after scoring 25 last week.

    "They did a good job of denying me the basketball and double-teaming me when they had to," Roy said. "I wasn't as aggressive in the double-teams and we were a little late getting to our positions."

    The Clippers led by four points going into the final 12 minutes. They opened with an 18-6 spurt, including six by Rasual Butler, to take their largest lead to that point, 95-80. The Blazers went nearly 4 minutes without a basket in that stretch.

    "We made it an offensive game, and we didn't establish that we could stop that team," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "So they got what they wanted and controlled the majority of the game."

    Butler scored 11 of his 13 points in the period. Baron Davis had 15 points and nine assists after going 2 of 15 from the field in last week's loss to the Blazers.

    He cut down his turnovers in the second half, when he committed two after having six in the first two quarters.

    Kaman added eight rebounds and four assists in a continuation of the dominance he's shown since the season began. He's scored 20 or more points in 10 of the last 11 games and just missed his 10th double-double in the last 13 games. Kaman is the Western Conference's top scoring center and second-leading rebounder.

    "I think the whole league feels that if that team is healthy and together, they are a serious threat in the West," McMillan said.

    Butler was the only starter who played the final 1 1/2 minutes for the Clippers, when the reserves gave up three consecutive field goals.

    The game was tied at halftime and neither team led by more than seven points in the third.

    The Clippers ended Portland's four-game winning streak against them at Staples Center, where the Blazers had won seven of the last eight.

    Game notes

    The Lakers beat the Clippers 99-92 on opening night of the season. ... Dunleavy was back on the bench after missing Thursday's game because of a herniated disc in his lower back. ... The Blazers had won two straight and eight of their last 10 coming in.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 105
    FGM-FGA 39-77 (.506) 41-71 (.577)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 8-13 (.615)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-29 10-38
    Assists 27 28
    Turnovers 14 20
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 10 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 18

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 22
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 16
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 9
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3