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Thursday, December 26th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (20-10) at Portland Trail Blazers (23-5), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers won't have a long time to get past their intense Christmas night loss as they venture up the west coast to meet the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

The Clips fell 105-103 to the Golden State Warriors Christmas night in a matchup that featured two ejections and several skirmishes.

Clippers star forward Blake Griffin was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the second half. Golden State forward Draymond Green was shown the door at the conclusion of the third quarter for throwing an elbow in the throat of Griffin and Warriors center Andrew Bogut was issued a flagrant foul for grabbing Griffin.

Andre Iguodala missed two free throws with 9.3 seconds left. Chris Paul then had his layup blocked from behind by Klay Thompson with a second left, and after an inbounds play, Jamal Crawford's 3-point shot came up short.

Right after the final horn, Paul grabbed the ball out of Bogut's hands and the two exchanged words. Matt Barnes then shoved Bogut from behind, and coaches and players for both teams jawed at each other.

"I thought we were kicking their butt and they went to something else," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We have to have better composure and keep playing. I thought the basketball part we were showing them pretty well. All the other stuff, it worked in their favor. It was a smart thing for them to do."

Paul led the way with 26 points and 11 assists, followed by Griffin, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds before he was tossed. Crawford managed 19 points and DeAndre Jordan registered a double-double with 13 points, 13 boards and six blocks.

Darren Collison scored 11 off the bench.

Things don't get easier for the Clippers. They will face a Portland team which is tied for the best record in the NBA and, at 11-2, owns one of the best home marks in the league.

The Blazers have won six of seven and still have not lost consecutive games all season. After a 120-109 drubbing at the end of a long road trip in Minnesota, Portland returned home Saturday and held off the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-107.

The Blazers led 101-93 midway through the fourth before New Orleans pulled in front. Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum all scored late and Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans each missed potential game-tying treys in the closing seconds.

"We're learning that if we get stops down the stretch and we take care of the ball, we can win games," said Portland big man LaMarcus Aldridge.

Lillard dropped 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. Aldridge and Matthews netted 18 points apiece in the win, while Batum filled the stat sheet with 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Portland will welcome the two-time champion Miami Heat on Saturday night.

The Clippers took three of four matchups last season, but they are 2-7 in their last nine in Portland.

12/26 10:27:05 ET

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Schedule

Thursday, April 24Full Scoreboard
Indiana 4/24 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta NBA TV, FS-IN, SportSouth
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Oklahoma City 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Memphis TNT, FSN-OK, SpSouth
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three, Series tied 1-1.
LA Clippers 4/24 10:30 PM ET
Golden State TNT, CSN-BAY, FSN-PT
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
6th
CLE 5
KAN 0
 
4th
PIT 1
CIN 0
 
2nd
DET 1
CWS 1
 
2nd
TAM 0
MIN 3
 
3rd
NYM 0
STL 0
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR