LA Clippers 102, Portland Trail Blazers 97 : Live updates recap

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The Portland Trail Blazers suffered a 102-97 loss to the LA Clippers Monday night in their preseason opener at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington.

Damian Lillard scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting, Jerami Grant recorded 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks in his Blazers debut and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Portland, which played 15 players.

Paul George had 12 points and seven rebounds and Kawhi Leonard scored seven points for the Clippers, who rested their starters in the second half.

Read more about the game here.

LIVE UPDATES RECAP:

PREGAME DETAILS:

The Blazers, already without guard Gary Payton II (core muscle recovery), will also be minus forward/center Trendon Watford, who is a Monday scratch with a right hip flexor injury.

“He’s been a little banged up for a few days, actually,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said Monday. “He didn’t practice pretty much yesterday at all. It’s something that’s nagging.”

Billups added that Watford’s injury isn’t expected to be serious and that he should be OK with treatment.

The game will not be televised in Portland. The Clippers control the only broadcast, which will air in the Los Angeles market.

TRAIL BLAZERS VS. LA CLIPPERS

What: Trail Blazers vs. LA Clippers, 7:30 p.m., Monday.

Where: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle.

Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM).

TV channel: The game will not be televised. This is considered to be a Clippers home game.

ODDS (via OregonLottery/DraftKings)

Moneyline: POR +225 | LAC – 265

Spread: LAC -7 | Over/Under: 215.5

INJURIES

Blazers: Gary Payton II (core muscle surgery) is out until the start of regular season; Trendon Watford (right hip flexor) is out.

Clippers: Not available.

NEXT UP

The Blazers host Utah at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Moda Center.

— Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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