No one gave the Los Angeles Clippers much chance to challenge the Portland Trail Blazers after Chris Paul and Blake Griffin went down with season-ending injuries in Game 4 of their first-round series earlier this week. The Clippers weren't able to win any games without their stars, but they pushed the Blazers much farther than most thought they would. Portland pulled off a great accomplishment in Friday's 106-103 Game 6 win to move onto the Western Conference Semifinals, especially given the low expectations most had for them before this season. But they'll also feel a little fortunate to survive against an opponent that gave them all they could handle even with a decimated roster.
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Friday's result was in doubt until the final seconds. Down 103-97 with 1:37 remaining after two Damian Lillard free throws, the Clippers tied it up with six-straight points in a little more than a minute. That set up what was likely toRead More »from Blazers fend off tough Clippers to win series, move on to Warriors