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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

Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington934th Qtr 10:45 | Box
Boston75CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Brooklyn674th Qtr 10:25 | Box
Cleveland83CSN-DC, CSN-NE
Dallas673rd Qtr 3:03 | Box
Memphis73YES, FSN-OH
Philadelphia753rd Qtr 3:07 | Box
Miami63FSN-SW, SportSouth, ESPN
Atlanta894th Qtr 9:25 | Box
Milwaukee87CSN-PHI, SunSports
Utah894th Qtr 9:32 | Box
Minnesota78SportSouth, FSN-WIS
Houston784th Qtr 9:44 | Box
New Orleans84ROOT-RM, FSN-N
Toronto744th Qtr | Box
New York74CSN-HOU, FSN-NO
Detroit853rd Qtr 0:42 | Box
Oklahoma City79Sportsnet 360, MSG
LA Lakers974th Qtr 5:59 | Box
San Antonio85FSN-DET, FSN-OK
Golden State 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Denver TWC SN, FSN-SW
LA Clippers 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Portland FSN-PT, KGW
Phoenix 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Sacramento FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
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 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
14th
DUR 6
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
8th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
8th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
7th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
5th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
5th
HOU 2
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
4th
MIL 87
ATL 89
 
4th
CLE 83
BRK 67
 
3rd
MEM 73
DAL 67
 
3rd
OKC 78
DET 85
 
4th
NOP 82
HOU 78
 
4th
SAN 85
LAL 97
 
3rd
MIA 63
PHI 75
 
4th
NYK 74
TOR 74
 
4th
MIN 76
UTA 89
 
4th
BOS 75
WAS 91
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
2nd Intermission
TAM 4
MON 4
 
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
14th
DUR 6
NOR 6