PORTLAND – The Clippers started coming on towards the end of the first quarter Thursday night and by the time they let up, their first-half lead at the Rose Garden was a large as 25 points.

The only real problem was that they let up long enough for the Trail Blazers to squeak back into the game. But Portland’s response was tenuous and the Clippers won their second game in as many nights, 103-90.

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