Blazers without Aldridge and McCollum; fall to Clippers

Blazers without Aldridge and McCollum; fall to Clippers

Blazers without Aldridge and McCollum; fall to Clippers

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:04 AM

PORTLAND, Ore -- DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers opened the preseason with an 89-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Chris Paul added 15 points and eight rebounds as new Clippers head coach Doc Rivers got a look at his team after holding training camp last week in San Diego. "You can see them in practice, but games are different," Rivers said afterward.

Photos: Clippers beat Blazers 89-81

Nicolas Batum, who played for his native France this summer on the gold-medal winning European Championship team, led Portland with 12 points.

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Blazers guard Damian Lillard, last season's NBA rookie of the year, added 11 points and six assists, but Portland was hampered by the absence of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was nursing a left quadriceps injury.

"Well, it looked like a first exhibition game," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

Portland's top draft pick C.J. McCollum was absent after fracturing his left foot during practice. He will need surgery and his recovery time isn't yet known.

Four of the Blazers' starters return this season, including Aldridge, Batum, Lillard and Wesley Matthews. The Blazers added 7-foot center Robin Lopez, acquired in a three-team deal from New Orleans in the offseason. Lopez finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

"I think maybe I was a little too overanxious," Lopez said. "I was moving too quickly. I wasn't stopping to think."

The Blazers finished 33-49 last season and out of the playoffs for the second straight year.

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