George steps up anew as Clippers cool Blazers

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 22 Apr 2021

Paul George had 33 points, including two free throws with 4.8 seconds left, that gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-112 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

George also had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, who were without Kawhi Leonard.

"He's been carrying us,'' coach Ty Lue said of George, who scored 32 points or more for the sixth time in their last seven games. "He's really stepped up by making his teammates better but also scoring.''

CJ McCollum scored 28 points but missed a jumper at the final buzzer for Portland, who were without Damian Lillard for a third game in a row because of a hamstring injury.

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving capped a 32-point performance with a tough turnaround jumper, a driving layup through defenders and four free throws in the final minute, as the visiting Brooklyn Nets held on for a 134-129 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.



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