Montrezl Harrell scored a game-high 26 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Portland Trail Blazers, 117-97, Tuesday night at the Staples Center. The Clippers improved to 13-1 at home this season.
While Kawhi Leonard had a fairly quiet night for the Clippers, scoring just 11 points in 28 minutes, fellow superstar Paul George and the LA bench carried the load.
George dropped 25 points on 9 of 14 from the floor, including six 3-pointers. He added four rebounds and three assists. Patrick Patterson had his best scoring night since his season-high 20 points against the Warriors in early October. The former first round draft pick out of Kentucky chipped in 19 points and connected on five 3-pointers.
While the Blazers had a one-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, the Clippers out-scored Portland the final three frames and held them to just 17 points in the third quarter.
LA limited the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, Carmelo Anthony, to just nine points on 2 of 9 shooting. The Blazers' trio of CJ McCollum (20), Hassan Whiteside (18), and Damian Lillard (16) scored 54 of the team's 97 points.
Now 16-6 on the season, the Clippers will hit the road to face the Eastern Conference's top team in Milwaukee on Friday at 5:30 P.M.