Lillard scores 35 to lead Blazers to 134-106 preseason rout of Clippers

KGW's Jared Cowley, Orlando Sanchez and Nate Hanson talk about Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who was clearly pleased with his performance Tuesday. After the game, when asked what it was like playing 30 pounds lighter, he said, "I'm too quick

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored 35 points in only 26 minutes to lead Portland to a 134-106 win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Lillard made 9 of 17 shots, including 4 of 9 3-pointers. He also hit all 13 of his free throw attempts. Lillard is averaging 23 points in the Blazers' first three preseason games, despite averaging only 22 minutes per game.

The Blazers (2-1) overcame a slow start, trailing 18-5 after the first five minutes of the game. But a 22-12 run to end the first quarter turned into a full-on rout before halftime, as the Blazers outscored the Clippers 43-26 in the second quarter.

BOX SCORE: Blazers 134, Clippers 106

CJ McCollum hit four 3-pointers and added 20 points in 26 minutes for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic had 13 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot before fouling out in 24 minutes. Maurice Harkless hit all six of his shots, including two 3-pointers, to lead the Blazers' bench with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Zach Collins was the fifth Blazers in double figures with 12 points.

Rookie Caleb Swanigan got his first start of the preseason, getting the nod at power forward to begin the game. He finished with five points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Blazers 134, Clippers 106

The Blazers shot 53 percent from the field, including 46 percent from the 3-point line (13-28). They also made 31 of 38 free throws. Portland's defense held the Clippers to 40-percent shooting from the field and forced 20 turnovers.

The Clippers (1-2) were led by Blake Griffin, who had 15 points, four rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes. Milos Teodosic also had 15 points.

Photos: Blazers beat Clippers 134-106

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