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Blazers' losing streak hits 12 games
LOS ANGELES The bleeding continued for the Trail Blazers at Staples Center Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Clippers 93-77 victory over the hometown quintet.
It was the 12th straight loss for Portland (33-48), which ends its season Wednesday night against Golden State at the Rose Garden.
Caron Butler scored 22 points for the Clippers (55-26), who won their fifth consecutive game.
Will Barton tallied 17 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Blazers, who went without three injured starters forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and guard Wesley Matthews. Coach Terry Stotts started four rookies Barton, Damian Lillard, Victor Claver and Meyers Leonard.
The Blazers were in the game for a quarter. The Clippers led 28-24 at the end of the first period. It was 30-29 early in the second quarter when the Clippers went on a 15-0 run for a 45-29 advantage, and the rout was on.
Lillard, who finished with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting, made a pair of 3-pointers to set a franchise single-season record. His total is now 183, besting Damon Stoudamires previous standard of 181 set in 2004-05.