Blazers Extend Winning Streak to 13

Mar 17 2018 Portland OR USA Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts on the sideline during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers Extend Winning Streak to 13

NEXT UP Portland puts its 13-game winning streak to the test against the team with the best record in the National Basketball Association - the Houston Rockets (56-14) - Wednesday at Moda Center.

Portland's bench, a integral part of the 12-game win streak, let the Clippers back in the game.

With the victory, the Trail Blazers have taken a 2-1 advantage in the season series against the Clippers.

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It was all too much for a Clippers team that dropped a third consecutive game and fell two games back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "Why the hell do we have you out there?" "We've won 13 in a row, they're playing great basketball, they've beat us twice, so it's another opportunity for us to come out and make a statement".

Blazers started off the game quickly, taking a 15-6 lead behind contributions from just about all the starters. "I don't care if we have to play five games in five nights, we've just got to win games". The Clippers answered with an 8-0 run to draw to within 56-52. "That was embarrassing. We got absolutely screwed tonight".

While the Trail Blazers have surely benefited from a home-heavy schedule during the winning streak - nine of their last 13 games have been held at the Moda Center - they've also dispatched some of the best teams in the National Basketball Association during that stretch, including the Golden State Warriors (twice), the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz, a team that has lost just twice in their last 23 contests.

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Lou Williams can not be expected to carry the scoring load every night. Williams had 13 points - all in the second quarter - at the break. He has also battled leg injuries and played in only 19 games this season.

The Clippers hit the road again Monday to begin a four-game trip Tuesday at Minnesota. "There's a lot of teams that don't have a lot of room for error". At the end of the day it is what it is. Chasing Lillard and McCollum is never an easy assignment, even for a well-rested team. They survived on their defense and tried to have Damian Lillard carry a pretty unsuccessful offense. In a season when the Clippers have been ravaged with injury, coach Doc Rivers said his loss has been the most significant: "Overall, of the guys we've missed, it's Gallo". They were riding energy. They played (Saturday) night and you couldn't tell. "If that's the way they want to officiate the game, we gotta deal with it and try to maneuver the best we can".

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