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Roy, Aldridge help Blazers down Clippers, again

Mar 23, 2008 - 5:51 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Despite Corey Maggette's return, the Los Angeles Clippers still couldn't stop the Portland Trail Blazers' young guns.

Brandon Roy scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 and 10 rebounds as the Trail Blazers swept the home-and-home series with a 83-72 victory over the Clippers on Saturday night.

Maggette, who missed Friday's contest in Portland with a sore shoulder, scored 21 points and pulled down seven boards to lead Los Angeles, which suffered its seventh straight loss and continues to be riddled by injuries.

"It was definitely good to get back out there and play," Maggette said. "They (Portland) are a good team, and we just couldn't get our offense going tonight."

The 23-year-old Roy scored 21 points while the 22-year-old Aldridge poured in 22 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Blazers in the first game of the series before combining to hit 16-of-33 shots from the field en route to their third consecutive win this season against Los Angeles on Saturday.

"I just got open and got good looks at the basket," Roy said. "We are trying to make a push and win games, so we can reach our goal of making the playoffs."

The Blazers (37-33) are currently six games behind the Golden State Warriors (42-26) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Portland led nearly the entire game, claiming a 22-17 lead after the first quarter. However, the Clippers responded with an 11-4 run, taking their only advantage of the contest on rookie Al Thornton's jumper with 7:50 left in the second quarter.

"We haven't been playing good fundamental basketball lately, and it showed tonight," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Just have to try and forget about the losing streak and turn it around and get a win the next time out."

Thornton finished with just five points, but Josh Powell had 13 and 10 rebounds, picking up the offense for center Chris Kaman, forward Tim Thomas and guard Brevin Knight, who are just three of the Clippers' players who remain sidelined with various injuries.

"It just seems like no matter what happens, we end up on the losing side," Thornton said. "Just have to put this behind us and move on."

Joel Przybilla ignited an 18-6 run with eight consecutive points as the Blazers seized the lead in the closing minutes of the first half, carrying a 44-34 advantage into the locker rooms.

"This was a good win for us," Przybilla said. "If we put some reasonable wins together, we can make the playoffs."

Przybilla finished with 14 points and a career-high 25 rebounds for Portland, which pushed its lead to as many as 18 in the third quarter - making it 58-40 on Roy's 3-pointer with 6:42 left in the period.

"They (the Clippers) went small and I took advantage of that tonight," Przybilla said. "My job is to get rebounds and help the team win. The rebounds is a good accomplishment for me."

Los Angeles trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter after closing the third on an 18-6 surge, but got no closer in the final session.

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