Clippers end Blazers' win streak

Portland rallies late, but falls at Los Angeles, 93-88
Staff Report / Jan. 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES - Portland's run to an unbeaten season ended Sunday with a 93-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

Jamal Crawford scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Blazers cut a 17-point deficit to two in the final minute, but a Chris Paul lay-up with nine seconds left put the Clippers up 92-88 to secure the win.

Portland fell to 3-1 and will play at Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

The Clippers improved to 2-2.

Los Angeles got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Blake Griffin and 17 points and seven assists from Chris Paul in the win.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which had a 46-38 edge in rebounds.

Oklahome City enters Tuesday's game at 5-1, following a loss at Dallas Monday night. The Thunder have experienced open conflict between stars Kevin Durant, who scored more than 30 points per game in the team's first four games, and Russell Westbrook.