Trail Blazers snap 6-game losing streak
PORTLAND: Wesley Matthews had 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 100-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night after nearly blowing a 22point lead. Brandon Roy added 14 points, Nicolas Batum had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Marcus Camby added 12 points and a seasonhigh 19 rebounds for the Blazers. The six-game losing streak was Portland's longest since it dropped the final eight games of the 2005-06 season.
Matthews, signed as a free agent from Utah in the offseason, started in place of Batum at small forward for the fourth straight game and has scored 23 or more in four of the last five games. Eric Gordon led the Clippers, 0-10 on the road, with 24 points. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 15 rebounds, his eighth straight double-double. The rookie forward also stifled LaMarcus Aldridge, who had just four points and five rebounds before fouling out. Baron Davis had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
The Clippers trailed by 22 points at halftime but came back to cut the lead to three in the fourth. Rasual Butler hit two 3pointers to cut it to 92-89 with 1:29 left. With under a minute, the Clippers had a fast break with the chance to cut into the lead or tie, but Andre Miller ripped the ball away from Ryan Gomes. -Afp