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L.A. Clippers 107, Portland 101
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 7, 2019
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials: #50 Gediminas Petraitis, #19 James Capers, #32 Marat Kogut
Attendance: 19068

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a eight-point, fourth-quarter hole to defeat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday night.

Lou Williams scored 26 points and recorded eight assists while Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac each scored 15 points for the Clippers. Zubac also had 13 rebounds, nine on the offensive end.

Leonard contributed 18 points to the fourth-quarter comeback.

The victory was the 900th of Clippers coach Doc Rivers' career. He is the 13th coach to reach the milestone.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum scored 22 points apiece to lead Portland, but both shot 9-for-23 from the field. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 19 rebounds. Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

A three-point play by Whiteside with 1:16 left knotted the score at 98. Williams' jumper gave the Clippers a two-point edge with 58.9 seconds remaining.

A free throw by Simons pulled Portland with 100-99, but Williams nailed a 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left to increase the margin to four before Rodney Hood sliced the Clippers' lead to 103-101 with 17.5 seconds remaining.

Leonard's two free throws with 13.1 seconds left sealed the win for Los Angeles.

McCollum's jumper tied the score at 61 at 6:05 of the third. A 12-4 spurt by the Blazers allowed them to grab 73-65 advantage after a bucket inside by Whiteside with 1:50 left in the quarter.

Los Angeles closed the gap to three before a free throw by Whiteside and a basket by Lillard lifted Portland to a 76-70 edge heading into the fourth.

In the second quarter, the Clippers went up 42-31 after two free throws by Williams with 2:22 remaining. The Blazers cut the deficit to 47-40 heading into halftime.

Portland was able to stay close despite shooting 32 percent from the floor compared 38.3 percent for Los Angeles in the first half. Overall, the Clippers shot 43.8 percent to 37.5 percent for the Blazers.

Earlier Thursday, the NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 regarding pregame comments coach Doc Rivers made regarding Leonard sitting out of Wednesday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks due to "load management." The NBA determined Rivers' statements were "inconsistent" with Leonard's health.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Portland   L.A. Clippers
Damian Lillard 22 Scoring Kawhi Leonard 27
Damian Lillard 6 Assists Lou Williams 8
Hassan Whiteside 19 Rebounds Kawhi Leonard 13
Anfernee Simons 4 Free Throws Made Lou Williams 11
Damian Lillard 3 Steals Montrezl Harrell 2
Hassan Whiteside 2 Blocks Montrezl Harrell 3
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Portland 101 37.5 11-39 12-16 18 51 4 7 14
L.A. Clippers 107 43.8 4-23 25-30 20 57 12 6 17
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  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Clippers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Portland will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .400 after a loss.