PORTLAND (Oregon) • The Los Angeles Clippers are doing quite nicely without guard Chris Paul. Especially with Blake Griffin playing at a high level and looking at times like Paul, who was traded to the Houston Rockets in the off-season.
Griffin had 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and sank the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer on Thursday as the Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-103 to remain unbeaten in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The power forward helped the Clippers improve to 4-0 by taking the three-pointer off a dribble just before time expired.
"Honestly, I was just trying to get two (points)," he said.
Austin Rivers and forward Danilo Gallinari (16), guard Patrick Beverley and reserve guard Lou Williams (13) were the Clippers' other double-digit scorers.
Guard Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 25 points and CJ McCollum added 23.
While the Clippers are not missing Paul, the Sacramento Kings were given a reminder of DeMarcus Cousins' talent.
The New Orleans Pelicans big man, in his first game back in Sacramento where he spent the first 61/2 seasons, scored 41 points, grabbed 23 rebounds to lift the Pelicans to a 114-106 win.
"He was dominant in every phase of the game," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.
"I mean, these people love him here. You saw the ovation he got."
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