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Los Angeles Defeats Portland 98-97 - Recap

Blake Griffin scored 20 points and chipped in with 13 rebounds for Los Angeles on Friday, leading the Clippers to a 98-97 victory over Portland at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 9.5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 187.5.

Los Angeles got 20 points from Randy Foye and another 20 points from Chris Paul. Chris Paul contributed 14 assists, while Blake Griffin cleaned the glass with 13 rebounds.

Portland got 29 points from J.J. Hickson in a losing cause and another 18 points from Nicolas Batum. Raymond Felton contributed 8 assists for the Trail Blazers, while J.J. Hickson had 13 rebounds.

Los Angeles led at halftime, 46-43.

Portland had a 36-31 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.

Los Angeles heads into a battle against the Jazz. Portland, meanwhile, will have their next action against Minnesota.