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Lawrence Murray 

The Portland Trail Blazers beat the LA Clippers 122-109 in LA to win their 13th straight game, tied for the third-longest in franchise history and the longest since the team won 13 straight in December 2007. The Trail Blazers got 23 points from Damian Lillard and 21 points each from CJ McCollum and Maurice Harkless. The Clippers dropped to 10th in the West at 38-32.

Lawrence Murray 

Doc Rivers (recently fined) joked after Alvin Gentry, Stan Van Gundy fines and Dwane Casey ejection that the coaches will have to meet with the officials at the next All-Star game. Off Van Gundy fine, Terry Stotts accepted Van Gundy being upset about the physicality in last night's game as a compliment.


Lawrence Murray 

Terry Stotts discussed his team's success at defending without takeaways this season, especially recently. POR Def. rank, Opp. Tov.% rank under Stotts: 2012-13: 26th, 27th 2013-14: 16th, 30th 2014-15: 10th, 30th 2015-16: 20th, 25th 2016-17: 21st, 28th 2017-18: 7th, 29th


Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Blazers coach Terry Stotts on his response to Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy's comments last night about the Blazers' physical defense and non-calls: "It could be the first time in my tenure that one of my teams was accused of being overly physical and holding and grabbing. So, yeah, I was pleased with those comments."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Photo of Kristaps Porzingis shooting in the gym in his Manhattan apartment building, via Yaron Weitzman. Per ESPN sources, Porzingis is expected to be out at least 9 more months following surgery to repair his torn ACL:

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Official update: Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow's Spurs-Warriors game.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The finances on the Okaro White 10-Day in Cleveland is $353,298 in additional tax penalties. White will earn $74,159 with $83,129 ($4.25-for-$1) counting towards the tax. Cleveland now has a tax bill of $50.71M.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook after dropping 37-13-14 in a big road win over the Raptors: "I am a man on a mission. We've got to take care of business. This time of year, it's time to turn it up a notch."